Be prepared: Effective response to volcanic emergencies

The Auckland Volcanic Field Contingency Plan details the management of an eruption in the field.

It identifies, strengthens and co-ordinates the region’s resources and capabilities to ensure a level of preparedness for timely and effective responses to increased volcanic activity.

The main aim is to establish comprehensive and coordinated management of response and recovery operations.

In order to do this, it must establish a hazard assessment framework, guide the provision of appropriate and timely public information and warnings, guide decision-making around evacuations, and establish processes for the provision of scientific advice on hazards, risk and consequences.

The plan also identifies the roles and responsibilities of key response agencies.

It is regularly reviewed to incorporate the latest volcanic research, including DEVORA research, and to reflect changes in the Civil Defence Emergency Management sector.