Your Role in Emergency Management

Your Role in Emergency Management

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NOTE: This webinar is being sponsored by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. Originally aired on 12 December 2017, this webinar is offered on-demand and free of charge on our EquiPTV platform.

Please email the EquiP team to gain access to the 'Your Role in Emergency Management' Development Space, where you'll find video-on-demand, audio, video segments, PowerPoints, PDFs and other media and links to help get you up to speed.

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Over the past 18 months a number of you and your communities have faced floods, fires, earthquakes, tsunami warnings, ex-tropical cyclones, water contamination, fuel disruption, and power outages, to name just a few of the recent emergencies in New Zealand.

Do you know what to do when an emergency occurs, or is about to occur? How will you deal with a situation that can be unpredictable, changeable, and even chaotic while doing your best as Mayor, for your community?

In this webinar, you can discover more about emergencies, your powers during an emergency, who can help and how to consider recovery. 

Learning outcomes

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will have:

  • an overview of the CDEM Act and the powers it confers particularly for declarations of emergency;
  • an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Mayor and Controllers during Response and Recovery phases;
  • an appreciation of the importance of developing appropriate relationships before an emergency; and
  • an introduction to the most common terminology and forms used during Response and Recovery phases.

Target Audience

This webinar is for Mayors and elected members who may be designated on behalf of the Mayor to act in an emergency.

About the presenter

Sarah Stuart-Black, Director, Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

Sarah Stuart-Black was appointed Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in December 2014. She joined the Ministry in 2003 and has fulfilled a number of different roles during her time at the Ministry. Sarah has had a diverse range of experience in New Zealand and England, as well as Ethiopia, Niue and the Solomon Islands, and was a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination Team for nine years.

Originally trained as a registered nurse, Sarah holds a BSc (Hons) in Development and Health in Disaster Management and MSc by research in Disaster Management. Sarah regularly meets with mayors, elected officials, local government chief executives and emergency management practitioners across New Zealand to develop productive relationships with the CDEM stakeholders and understand key civil defence emergency management challenges and opportunities they face. 

Please contact the EquiP team for further information on 04 924 1200 or email 

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