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Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management planning ahead

9:50am, 4 August 2017

Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) has reviewed its Group Plan and is now calling for public feedback.

The vision of the Group is a resilient Nelson Tasman community, and we are keen to engage our communities around the region in understanding our hazards and considering how we will respond to them. 

The Plan, reviewed every five years, identifies the region’s hazards and risks and how Civil Defence will effectively manage these across its four key activities of risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery.

“It’s a key part of what we do as it helps us understand our risks, sets out how we intend to be prepared, how we will react when things go wrong, and how we will recover afterwards,” says CDEM Group Controller, Roger Ball.

It has been updated by the Nelson Tasman CDEM Group, which is a partnership between Nelson City and Tasman District councils, and its key partner agencies who are involved in the delivery of emergency management.

Mr Ball says planning for an emergency is an important part of their process, but it’s also about awareness.

“Planning promotes deep thinking about how we as a region can best manage our risks. It also helps to empower our communities and make them aware of what they can do to be resilient,” he says.

The key questions Nelson Tasman CDEM are looking for feedback on are:

  • Have we got the right emphasis in our plans?
  • Are you aware of the natural hazards in your community?
  • What information do you need during large emergency events (such as floods and earthquake)?
  • How would you access this information?
  • Is there one thing we could be doing differently?

The Draft Group Plan can be found on the Nelson Tasman CDEMNelson City Council and Tasman District Council’s websites, or at any library or council Customer Service Centre.

Feedback is open from 4 August 2017 – 3pm on 4 September 2017.

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