COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PLANNING


What does community mean to you? Is it where you live, a group you belong to? How can your community be prepared?

Your community, your response: a community-driven response plan sets out a community’s plan for how they will respond to an emergency. It is owned and developed by the community in partnership with CDEM. Ownership of the plan stays with the community.

What a community-driven response plan covers
The plan covers the priority goals of the community within the first 72 hours of a large-scale emergency. This includes:

  • the resources (both social and physical) the community has available to it
  • potential vulnerabilities within the community
  • the roles and responsibilities of the agencies and organisations involved during an emergency.

Key points from the plan, and ways for individuals, households and neighbourhoods to be involved in preparedness activities, are distributed to the wider community.


Some aspects of the plan may be best supported at a local neighbourhood level, through Neighbourhood Support and similar groups.

Updating the plan
A community-driven response plan is a living document – it must be reviewed regularly to ensure it is current, and it should be exercised. A plan may include tasks to be undertaken between updates to improve preparedness, increase connections, build capacity and foster cooperation.

Take part
If you’d like to be part of a community-driven response planning process please contact us via emal: enquiries@hbemergency.govt.nz