Local authority representatives and Ministry of Emergency Management officials meet in Hamilton tomorrow to discuss the future structure to manage disasters in the Region.
A workshop at Environment Waikato will involve about 15 district and city council representatives, along with the national director of Emergency Management John Norton and Auckland area liaison manager, Kelvin McMinn.
Changes from the former civil defence structure have been planned for more than 10 years. Draft legislation is due in the House shortly to formalise the new structures, which will manage community emergencies in the future. Each district council was previously required to have an emergency management structure, while under the new system larger emergency management groups and operations centres will manage disasters. In the Waikato the organisation will be based on the area covered by Environment Waikato’s regional boundary.
Environment Waikato Civil Defence controller Bob Priest said the new structure will have a greater emphasis on reduction and readiness for a disaster, as well as preparing for response and recovery.
The new structure is expected to be in place by the middle of next year.
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