Civil Defence in Hurunui

Hurunui District Council Civil Defence and Emergency Management Responsibilities

To prepare the community of the Hurunui District for response as individuals and as a Community in times of disaster through heightened awareness and good planning.
Through detailed planning, awareness programmes training and exercising volunteers and providing support coordination training for community groups that will have roles in the event of a major disaster.

Civil Defence Role in any Disaster

Civil Defence is purely an administrative organisation that facilitates emergency work in times of disasters.
They do not physically carry out any rescue work   -  they are the planners.
The HDC has one District HQ at Amberley and Sector Headquarters at Cheviot, Hanmer Springs, Culverden and Hawarden.  Sector posts are usually established at primary schools throughout the District  -  but there has been a change in emphasis   -  using schools as welfare collection points.

In an emergency, the District HQ at Amberley can be contacted on 0800 155 180

Fires spread quickly, act fast if anything goes wrong.
Call the NZ Fire Service on the '111' emergency number immediately

For more information please contact the Council on ph: 03 314 8816.

Red Cross Role in an Emergency

Red Cross (New Zealand) has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (Canterbury CDEM Group) to provide support during emergency management incidents. Hurunui District Council is a member of Canterbury CDEM Group and as such may call upon Red Cross support during a local emergency within the terms of the MOU. Red Cross will attempt to provide the agreed support where possible.

The likely support will involve Red Cross staff supporting a local CDEM welfare unit with registration processes for people who are evacuated, displaced or needing the services provided by the welfare unit. The welfare unit may still need to provide local volunteers to undertake registration responsibilities, and where possible Red Cross will supplement those staff.