This page relates to the Waimakariri Civil Defence Unit and information on what to do in an emergency, as well as information on the Civil Defence Emergency Management Structure in the District.
What Does Civil Defence Mean?
Civil Defence is ultimately about saving lives and property from disaster. It is also about reducing the potential for disaster and its impacts, knowing what to do when a disaster does arrive, and preparing for the aftermath of disasters.
We are all responsible for civil defence, for protecting ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our property - until other help arrives. Civil defence relies heavily on local resources and local organisations, with backing from regional and national resources as needed. There is no large full-time civil defence force standing by, so we and you need to rely on each other if we are to beat a disaster.
Civil Defence in the Waimakariri
Civil defence in the district is managed by the Council. Council resources, government departments, non-government organisations, community groups, trained volunteers and willing members of the public are all brought together by the Council’s civil defence staff to support the community during a disaster.
The Council is a member of the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group. The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 came into effect on 1 December 2002, replacing the Civil Defence Act 1983.
Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) structure
The General WDC CDEM Structure diagram (pdf,
13 kB) shows the entire Civil Defence Emergency Management structure within the Waimakariri District
and outside at Canterbury regional level and at a national level. This diagram is then broken down into three sub-diagrams relating to the General CDEM
Structure. These include:
Policies, Plans and Procedures
- CDEM Sector Post Operational Handbook (pdf, 214 kB)
- District Disaster Recovery Plan (pdf, 334 kB)
- District Emergency Welfare Plan (pdf, 333 kB)
- District Pandemic Influenza Business Continuity Plan (pdf, 194 kB)
- District Pandemic Community Support Plan (pdf, 361 kB)
- District Plan
- Emergency Operations Centre Standard Operating Procedures (pdf, 812 kB)
- Local Civil Defence Emergency Management Arrangements (pdf, 1 MB)
- Ten Year Plan (LTP)
- NZRT-12 Governing Document (pdf, 87 kB)
- NZRT-12 Standard Operating Procedures (pdf, 334 kB)
- Waikuku Beach Community Emergency Response Team Plan (pdf, 3.93 MB)
Document Templates for Our Volunteer Teams
Document Templates for Our Emergency Operations Centre