Co-ordination and advisory groups ensure effective liaison between CDEM and key stakeholders in the community, and are a key pathway to sector networks.
Co-ordination and advisory groups are a source of interested, trained, experienced personnel who provide specialist advice on operational planning and expertise to assist emergency management.
Hazardous Substances Technical Liaison Committee (HSTLC)
The HSTLC provides a forum for discussion and planning ntegrated agency activity that addresses the readiness for, and response to hazardous substance incidents.
The HSTLC has the responsibilities of:
- Considering and advising on the appropriate of land use controls delivered by the District Council, and if necessary, provide recommendations for the CDEM Group to consider as decisions
- Advising on the appropriate management of facilities using hazardous substances (e.g. with storage and transportation)
- Assisting with the development of hazardous substance incident action plans deemed necessary by the CDEM Group
- Establishing working groups to address matters of specific concern
- Providing a specialist response group capable of providing expert advice for the safe and effective management of hazardous substance emergencies
- Actively promoting incident debrief where required, and make recommendations to the Coordinating Executive Group for improved future response and interagency cooperation
Lifelines Advisory Group (LAG)
The LAG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for issues relevant to infrastructure services in an emergency. The LAG is there to identify and raise any issues that will assist lifelines utilities to fully meet the requirements as set out in Section 60 of the CDEM Act 2002 .
The LAG has the responsibilities of:
- Providing technical advice on lifeline utility issues across the 4 Rs (Reduction, Readiness, Response, & Recovery) to the Taranaki CDEM Group
- Providing a forum to address integrated CDEM planning and preparedness
- Assisting with the development of the Taranaki CDEM Group Plan.
Rural Advisory Group (RAG)
The RAG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for issues relevant to the rural sector.
The RAG has the responsibilities of:
- Providing advice to the CDEM Group on rural issues and reduction initiatives
- Developing and maintaining a network of contacts for the rural sector throughout the Taranaki region
- Providing technical agricultural advice to the Controller during an emergency that may enhance emergency response efforts
- Assisting the emergency response effort to establish priorities for assistance to rural communities and individuals affected
- Encouraging continuity planning across the rural sector
- Liasing with the Welfare Co-ordination Group
- Assisting the Civil Defence and the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) recovery effort to establish priorities for assistance to rural communities and individuals affected by the adverse event.
Taranaki Hazards Advisory Group (HAZAG)
The purpose of the HAZAG is to promote a better understanding of the hazards (natural and man-made) that are present in Taranaki, and of the options for avoiding or reducing the societal risks arising from those hazards. The HAZAG will cooperate with the Taranaki Seismic and Volcanic Advisory Group, and the Hazardous Substances Technical Liaison Committee to promote efficiency and effectiveness in hazard and risk management.
The HAZAG has the responsibilities of:
- Identifying and informing the CDEM Group of any natural or man-made hazards, and associated hazard zones, within the Taranaki region
- Pursuing or accessing research that furthers knowledge and understanding of regional hazards
- Assisting in the preparation of the Group Plan with respect to hazard identification
- Promoting a better community understanding of the hazards that threaten Taranaki from both natural and man-made sources
- Assisting in the dissemination of information on regional hazards and risks
- Identifying agencies responsible for creating and managing response/emergency plans for each significant hazard, and report to the CEG identifying any deficiencies
- Promoting options for avoiding or reducing the societal risks arising from those hazards.
Taranaki Seismic and Volcanic Advisory Group (TSVAG)
The TSVAG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for issues relevant to seismic and volcanic hazards in the Taranaki region.
The TSVAG has the responsibilities of:
- Providing a forum for discussion of issues relevant to the seismic and volcanic hazards and risks, and the provision of advice to the Co-ordinating Executive Group or Group Controller as appropriate
- Co-ordinating research relevant to hazards and risk so that information gathering is more effective and efficient
- Advising on the development of informed land use planning and infrastructure design for seismic and volcanic hazards
- Providing input into educational material in relation to reduction of risk from the volcanic and seismic hazards
- Assisting with the development of volcanic hazard planning documents deemed necessary by the CDEM Group
- Providing expert comment on the annual Taranaki Seismicity report prepared by GNS
- Providing advice and guidance to the Taranaki CDEM Group on response and recovery activites in relation to a volcanic or seismic event.
Welfare Co-ordination Group (WCG)
The WCG provides a forum for discussion and planning, for welfare related issues.
The WCG has the responsibilities of:
- Providing advice on welfare related issues to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
- Ensuring agencies on the WCG have business continuity plans in place for the provision of welfare services
- Providing information to the welfare sector on reduction initiatives
- Providing advice on welfare issues to the Controller during an emergency.
- Assisting the Group Welfare Manager to coordinate the provision of welfare services in an emergency
- Assisting the emergency response effort to establish priorities for assistance to communities and individuals affected
- Continuing to provide welfare services, counselling, liaison and advice to the affected communities and individuals during response and recovery.