National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2005

  • revoked
  • National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2005: revoked, on 1 December 2015, by clause 5 of the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015 (LI 2015/140).

Part 8 Response

59 Principles


Agencies should respond to an emergency by activating their own plans and co-ordinating with the lead agency.


Within the constraints that the emergency creates, each agency, operating within its own jurisdiction, must co-ordinate with interdependent agencies to—


assess the impact of an event on its own staff, assets, and services; and


activate its own continuity and emergency arrangements; and


maintain or restore the services it provides; and


communicate with lead agencies, other responders, and the public; and


align response activities with other agencies to avoid gaps and duplications.


In addition, the emergency services are expected to—


assess the effect of an event on the community; and


co-ordinate the local efforts of their agency; and


communicate assessments and actions with the appropriate lead agency.


Emergency response objectives include—


preservation of life; and


prevention of escalation of the emergency; and


maintenance of law and order; and


care of sick, injured, and dependent people (first aid, medical, and evacuation facilities, and welfare); and


provision of essential services (lifeline utilities, food, shelter, public information, and media); and


preservation of governance (continuity of the machinery of government); and


asset protection, including buildings and historic heritage assets (including structures, areas, landscapes, archeological sites, and wahi tapu); and


protection of natural and physical resources (to the extent reasonably possible in the circumstances); and


preservation of economic activity.