Natural hazard awareness key goal of new Plan

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Increasing Southlanders’ awareness of natural hazards in their area is one of the goals set out in Emergency Management Southland’s draft Group Plan, which is out for public consultation from Monday.

The Southland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan is the guiding document for Emergency Management Southland and their partners from 2017-2022.

Emergency Management Southland manager Angus McKay said a big part of the Group Plan is looking at community engagement, and how the organisation can best work effectively and efficiently with all areas of the community.

“We’ve recently adopted our new vision – safer, strong communities understanding and managing their hazards – and this Plan outlines the steps we intend to take to get there.”

The plan sets three clear objectives for the next five years: an increased community awareness of the hazards in their area, communities taking greater ownership of their own readiness to minimise the impact of an emergency on their lives, and to provide a leading document that partner agencies can use to support their business planning.

Public submissions on the draft Group Plan are invited until 5pm on Friday 16 September.

For more information and to read a copy of the draft Group Plan, visit (external link) or pick up a copy from the offices of Environment Southland, Invercargill City Council, Gore District Council or the Southland District Council.

For further information, contact EMS Manager Angus McKay via or phone 0800 76 88 45.

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