Emergencies are things like:
This Easy Read webpage is about who does what in different kinds of emergencies.
Many small emergencies can be dealt with by emergency services.
For example Fire and Emergency New Zealand if a house catches fire.
There are also small to medium emergencies like floods.
These can be managed by your local:
Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups are made up of people from different councils in your area.
On this webpage we will call them CDEM Groups for short.
There are 16 CDEM Groups in New Zealand.
Some emergencies need extra work to make sure different services work together well.
In this case someone from the CDEM Group may say there is a State of Local Emergency.
This means the CDEM Group has more powers to deal with the emergency.
When there is a State of Local Emergency the CDEM Group is in charge of dealing with the emergency.
This means things like:
If there is a very big emergency the Minister for Emergency Management can say it is a State of National Emergency.
The Minister for Emergency Management is the person in Government who makes some of the decisions about emergency management.
In this case the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management is in charge.
The National Emergency Management Agency / NEMA organises the work on the emergency.
When there is not an emergency CDEM Groups work on building resilient communities.
Resilient communities are ones that can deal well with bad things happening.
This work includes:
Risks and hazards are things that can go wrong like:
CDEM Groups work closely with:
The National Emergency Management Agency is called NEMA for short.
It looks after the New Zealand Emergency Management system which means: