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Emergency management questions and answers
In mid 2010, senior managers at Massey University requested a formal review of the University’s emergency management arrangements. A formal review was completed by the appointed project team during the first three quarters of 2011.
The review acknowledged areas of good practice; set up a policy and strategic emergency management framework; and produced a recommended programme of work which will enable the University to meet international best practice standards.
Since then each campus has formed an Emergency Management Team (which is responsible for managing emergencies on the campus) and developed Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs). Massey University’s three campuses now have a common Emergency Response Plan which enables emergency management team members from one campus to go to the aid of another campus if there is a large-scale emergency at one campus.
Campus Emergency Management Team members participate in regular training and emergency exercises in order to help them be prepared to respond to real emergency events.
More information about Massey’s emergency management arrangements can be found on the following webpages:
We are in the process of a complete revision of our emergency plans and procedures. We are currently revising our Campus Emergency Response Plan and are developing the University Crisis Management Plan. These documents provide guidance to members of our Emergency Management Team about the structure for, and principles of, emergency response at Massey. The next step is to redevelop procedures that are specific to each Campus, and this is the point where we will need some advice regarding how to best support people with disabilities or special requirements. This will take place during 2016 & 2017.
We are interested to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in this process, and in particular, people who would like to discuss how Massey can best take into account people with disabilities or special requirements when developing its emergency procedures. If you would like to be involved, please email the Risk Management Office.
Drop, cover, hold refers to the key actions to take if you feel an earthquake.
If you feel and earthquake and are near a desk, table or similar:
If you feel and earthquake and are not near a desk, table or similar:
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has prepared these videos about drop, cover, hold:
The aim of the ‘drop, cover and hold’ initiative is to reduce the likelihood of personal injury during an earthquake. If you are unable to follow one, or more, of the ‘drop, cover and hold’ steps for health or disability related reasons then you should still take those steps that are available to you, for example covering your head and neck.
More specific information about emergency preparedness for people with disabilities or special requirements can be found at the New Zealand Government website:
Yes, ‘drop, cover and hold’ is the best action to take during an earthquake.
It is the official advice of the New Zealand Government and has been developed collaboratively with expert agencies such as GNS Science, EQC and the Society of Earthquake Engineers.
More people are killed by being struck by falling objects as the result of an earthquake than by catastrophic building failure.
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has prepared two videos about drop, cover, hold; see the question and answer above.
New Zealand ShakeOut was a national earthquake drill and exercise held on 15th October 2015. It was hosted by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) and over one million people registered to take part, including Massey University staff and students.
The drill was the second nationwide event of its kind in New Zealand. The exercise consisted of a series of events and activities across the country, culminating in a nationwide Drop, Cover and Hold drill at 9:15 am on 15th October 2015. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management had an ambitious goal of having one million New Zealanders take part in the Drop, Cover and Hold drill.
Massey's involvement was:
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Last updated on Thursday 12 January 2017