We work together towards achieving our vision: ‘a resilient Hawke’s Bay community’. Resilience is how we ‘bounce back’, adapt or keep going as usual following a disaster. A resilient community is one which expects and prepares well for adverse events, so they can cope well with the disruption and return to normal as quickly as possible. Everyone has a role to play in creating a resilient community. There are four phases of civil defence emergency management (CDEM) we work across to achieve our vision. These are Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery.
Reduction activities include: Hazard research, land use planning and educating the community about hazards so they can reduce the risk they face.
Readiness activities include: community response planning, public education to get read and get through, business continuity planning and building capacity and capability to respond and recover from a disaster.
Response activities include: coordinating resources, providing welfare for affected communities, restoring essential services.
Recovery activities include: carrying out impact assessments to understand work that needs to be done, working with the community to identify recovery priorities and preferences, implementing strategies to facilitate the recovery with a view to recovery activities becoming business as usual.
The Group Plan provides more detail on our structure, goals and strategies.