The work of the Otago CDEM Group is administered and co-ordinated by the Otago Regional Council. The council also responds to pollution incidents, including oil spills.
The CDEM Group works together before a Civil Defence event coordinating activities throughout Otago that reduce the potential effects of hazards and promoting community and council readiness to respond to emergencies. During an emergency, the group ensures that emergency services and welfare resources are delivered to communities and helps with recovery.
At a local level district and city councils and Civil Defence agencies prepare for and co-ordinate the responses to catastrophic events.
In addition to being a part of the CDEM Group, each local authority must:
Each council appoints a civil defence or emergency management officer. Their work involves:
Apart from this day to day role, local authorities maintain systems for managing emergencies in thier area.
Staff and volunteers come together to provide Civil Defence actions at an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) where the emergency response is managed. Civil Defence and emergency services gather information about the event and the damage involved so resources such as people or equipment can be allocated.