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What is CDEM?

Some people may be surprised to learn that Civil Defence is not an individual agency such as Police or Fire. Instead, Emergency Management in our Region is co-ordinated via our Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group which is based on regional council boundaries and combines local councils, emergency services, health boards and other organisations to take a highly coordinated approach to emergency management.

The Manawatu-Wanganui CDEM Group is based at Horizons Regional Council and works to reduce the potential effects of hazards; promote community and council readiness (preparedness) to respond to emergencies; and help the community to recover after an event. You can find out more about CDEM on the Civil Defence website.