What does Civil Defence do?

Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups deliver CDEM through its executives, planners and operational staff of the many agencies involved in CDEM.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (CDEM Groups) can be viewed as a consortium of the local authorities in a region working in partnership with emergency services, lifeline utilities and government departments, amongst other things, to:

  • Identify and understand hazards and risks
  • Prepare CDEM Group plans and manage hazards and risks in accordance with the 4Rs (reduction, readiness, response and recovery)
  • Provide for the planning, organisation, coordination, and implementation of comprehensive civil defence emergency management within their CDEM Group and their respective local authority areas.

 CDEM Groups and each member of the CDEM Group, are to:

  1. Identify the hazards and risks in its group area that may result in an emergency
  2. Undertake, where practicable, any actions to reduce hazards and risks in its group area
  3. Establish the means within its group area, in line with national guidelines and in collaboration with its supporting agencies, to provide timely warning of hazards, and public information about them
  4. Develop, maintain, and regularly review its capability for reduction, readiness, response, and recovery within its group area, and take part in relevant exercises under the National CDEM Exercise Programme
  5. Appoint, develop, and maintain key operational positions, including Local Controllers and CDEM Group Controllers, Recovery Managers, Public Information Managers, Welfare Managers, Lifeline Utility Co-ordinators, and operations, intelligence, planning, and logistics staff

The CDEM Group’s operational arrangements are specified in the CDEM Group Plan