About Civil Defence
The Rangitikei District Council is an active member of the Manawatu-Wanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, as required by the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. The group is a consortium of the local authorities in this region with the vision to "build a resilient and safer region with communities understanding and managing their hazards and risks". The group maintains a Plan that considers all phases of emergency; reduction, readiness, response and recovery.
A business plan is also managed by the Group, with each of the member councils contributing to achieving the goals of the group. The Group has adopted a philosophy of centralised co-ordination and local delivery, and works closely with emergency services, welfare agencies and other strategic partners for effective and comprehensive emergency management. Rangitikei District Council maintains and equips volunteer rural fire forces in Koitiata and Marton, and holds rural fire assets in other strategic locations throughout the district to support local responses to emergencies.
The Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002
The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act (CDEM Act) 2002 came into effect on 1 December 2002. It replaced the Civil Defence Act 1983
CDEM Act 2002 - Principal Provisions
The CDEM Act 2002 updates and redefines the duties, functions and powers of central government, local government, emergency services, lifeline utilities and the general public.