What should I do in the event of an
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District Civil Defence
The Clutha District Council employs an officer within
the Regulatory Services Department to organise and co-ordinate our Civil
Defence initiatives and to keep our emergency systems up to date and at
a high state of readiness.
In a sense,
all Clutha residents are part of Civil Defence, because when a serious
disaster happens, people in the affected area will probably have to fend
for themselves as individuals, as families, as neighbours, and as a
community – until other help can be provided.
Defence emergency is only declared when emergency services feel the
situation is beyond their resources and a life threatening situation
exists. If this happens, the Civil Defence organisation takes over to
co-ordinate the response and local Civil Defence centres are activated.
There is no
vast full-time Civil Defence force standing by. Council’s own staff and
other material resources form a basis, and are supported in a Civil
Defence emergency by locally available resources of emergency services,
government departments, by voluntary organisations in the community, and
by individual volunteers.
Defence Centre is somewhere you can go to for assistance or to offer
your services during a Civil Defence emergency. During an emergency, the
location of open centres will be broadcast on your local radio station.
is that in such an event, Civil Defence and emergency staff cannot
immediately be at everyone’s doorstep and do everything at once. The
response is determined by priority; the first of which is always
It is therefore vital for
all Clutha residents to take steps of your own to help prepare you and
your family for the possibility of a Civil Defence emergency.
Grab&Go Emergency Kits
major emergency, you may need to quickly leave your home, work or
vehicle with little or no warning. Clutha District
Council Civil Defence has put together Grab&Go Emergency Kits
that contain important items if you need to evacuate quickly. You can
purchase these online for $69 (plus delivery):
information on the kit, see:
Grab&Go Emergency Kits
emergency kit can give you with everything you need - only you know your
shoe size, dietary requirements, important medication and documents. For
a full list of the survival items you should have on hand, see
the checklists below.
an Emergency in Otago (769kb, new window)
Emergency Checklist and Planner
Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2012-17
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