Co-ordination / advisory groups

Co-ordination and advisory groups ensure effective liaison between CDEM and key stakeholders in the community, and are a key pathway to sector networks.

Co-ordination and advisory groups are a source of interested, trained, experienced personnel who provide specialist advice on operational planning and expertise to assist emergency management.

Hazardous Substances Advisory Group (HAZMAT)

The HAZMAT Advisory Group provides a forum for discussion and planning of integrated agency activity that addresses the readiness for, and response to hazardous substance incidents.

 The HAZMAT Advisory Group has the responsibilities of:

  • Considering and advising on the appropriate of land use controls delivered by the District Council, and if necessary, provide recommendations for the CDEM Group to consider as decisions
  • Advising on the appropriate management of facilities using hazardous substances (e.g. with storage and transportation)
  • Assisting with the development of hazardous substance incident action plans deemed necessary by the CDEM Group
  • Establishing working groups to address matters of specific concern
  • Providing a specialist response group capable of providing expert advice for the safe and effective management of hazardous substance emergencies
  • Actively promoting incident debrief where required, and make recommendations to the Coordinating Executive Group for improved future response and interagency cooperation

Lifelines Advisory Group (LAG)

The LAG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for issues relevant to infrastructure services in an emergency. The LAG is there to identify and raise any issues that will assist lifelines utilities to fully meet the requirements as set out in Section 60 of the CDEM Act 2002 .

The LAG has the responsibilities of:

  • Providing technical advice on lifeline utility issues across the 4 Rs (Reduction, Readiness, Response, & Recovery) to the Taranaki CDEM Group
  • Providing a forum to address integrated CDEM planning and preparedness
  • Assisting with the development of the Taranaki CDEM Group Plan.

Primary Industry Sector Group (PISG)

The PISG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for issues relevant to the primary industries sector.

The PISG has the responsibilities of:

  • Identifying risks and hazards that may impact on the primary industries sector.
  • Inform and advocate to the primary sector the reduction of risks within their sector.
  • Identify hazards and risks from both natural and man-made environments that threaten primary industry business continuance.
  • Assist in the preparation and give effect to the Group Plan in respect of any matters or actions relating to the primary sector.
  • Create understanding between primary sector organisations to enable full co-operation and co-ordination during emergencies.
  • Prepare and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for the sector group in alignment with the Group’s Response Plan.
  • Provide co-ordinated situation awareness of the primary industries sector and environment during an emergency event.

Readiness and Response Advisory Group (RARAG)

The Readiness and Response Advisory Group provides a forum for discussion and planning of integrated agency activity between emergency services, local councils and CDEM during readiness and response. 

The RARAG has the responsibilities of:

  • Identify roles, functions and responsibilities of key agencies for readiness and response situations.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of issues relevant to readiness and response and the provision of advice to the Co-ordinating Executive Group or Group Controller as appropriate;
  • Promote and facilitate standardisation and inter-operability across all agencies through:
    • Integration of planning;
    • Joint training and exercises;
    • Raising the profile of Emergency Management within intra-agency training;
    • Using CIMS as the standard response model;
    • Integration of communication and IT networks;
    • Consistent public information management and messaging;
    • Integration of response resources without limiting each individual organisation responsibility.
    • Developing effective working relationships.
  • Enhance Group capability through co-operation and liaison with other CDEM Group and agencies involved in emergency management nationally.
  • Contribute to building resilient communities.
  • Communicate issues of significance/relevance directly and immediately to other committees / partner agencies.

Risk Reduction Advisory Group (RRAG)

The Taranaki Risk Reduction Group (RRAG) will promote a better understanding of the hazards (natural and man-made) that are present in Taranaki and the options for reducing the societal risks arising from those hazards. This promotion will be both to those within the Taranaki CDEM group and to organisations outside of the group.

The RRAG has the responsibilities of:

  • Identify and inform the Group of any natural or man-made hazards and associated hazards within the Taranaki Region.
  • Pursue or access research that furthers knowledge and understanding of regional hazards.
  • All agencies involved in risk reduction are aided in their activities by assisting the in the development of plans and strategies.
  • Maintains a regional picture of risk reduction activity by member organisations.
  • Promote a better community understanding of the hazards and risks that threaten Taranaki from both natural and man-made sources.
  • Assist in the dissemination of information on regional hazards and risks.

Taranaki Seismic and Volcanic Advisory Group (TSVAG)

The TSVAG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for issues relevant to seismic and volcanic hazards in the Taranaki region.

The TSVAG has the responsibilities of:

  • Providing a forum for discussion of issues relevant to the seismic and volcanic hazards and risks, and the provision of advice to the Co-ordinating Executive Group or Group Controller as appropriate
  • Co-ordinating research relevant to hazards and risk so that information gathering is more effective and efficient
  • Advising on the development of informed land use planning and infrastructure design for seismic and volcanic hazards
  • Providing input into educational material in relation to reduction of risk from the volcanic and seismic hazards
  • Assisting with the development of volcanic hazard planning documents deemed necessary by the CDEM Group
  • Providing expert comment on the annual Taranaki Seismicity report prepared by GNS
  • Providing advice and guidance to the Taranaki CDEM Group on response and recovery activites in relation to a volcanic or seismic event.

Welfare Co-ordination Group (WCG)

The WCG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for welfare related issues.

The WCG has the responsibilities of:

  • Providing advice on welfare related issues to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
  • Ensuring agencies on the WCG have business continuity plans in place for the provision of welfare services
  • Providing information to the welfare sector on reduction initiatives
  • Providing advice on welfare issues to the Controller during an emergency.
  • Assisting the Group Welfare Manager to coordinate the provision of welfare services in an emergency
  • Assisting the emergency response effort to establish priorities for assistance to communities and individuals affected
  • Continuing to provide welfare services, counselling, liaison and advice to the affected communities and individuals during response and recovery.