The Southern DHB Emergency Management Team is dedicated to providing the region with robust planning for emergency events both internal and external to the Health Board.
External events include things such as:
- Adverse weather
Internal events include things such as:
- Mass Casualty Incidents
- Disruption to essential services (power, water, sewerage, medical gasses)
- Chemical spills
The National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2005 makes the Southern District Health Board responsible for the coordination of the health sector within Otago and Southland during a Civil Defence Emergency. Planning is done with consultation of our Internal and external stake holders (Civil Defence Emergency Management, Fire, Ambulance and Police).
This is designed around ensuring that during an emergency (no matter how big or small) the Southern DHB is prepared to continue service provision to the community during any event wherever possible.
Southern DHB staff are trained in the use of the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) to better respond to an event and to facilitate coordination with the other emergency services and Civil Defence Emergency Management.