SHARED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND OPERATIONAL COORDINATION IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR ALPINE FAULT EARTHQUAKE.

The South Island Alpine Fault Earthquake Response (SAFER) Framework is a key output of the first two years of Project AF8 (AF8), a Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) funded project, led by Emergency Management Southland. AF8 is aimed at improving knowledge of, readiness for and a collective resilience to a magnitude 8 earthquake on the Alpine Fault.

The SAFER Framework provides a concept of coordination of response and priority setting across all six South Island Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups and their partner organisations in the first seven days of response. It is not intended to replace existing plans within agencies but to provide a coordinated picture of response across the South Island.

Scientific knowledge of New Zealand’s highly active seismic context has improved appreciably from an already solid base since the 2010 Darfield and 2011 Christchurch earthquake, as more resources have been directed to research national and regional programmes. AF8 has been established by South Island CDEM Groups in partnership with their seismic science partners, in particular GNS Science (Resilience to Nature’s Challenges), University of Canterbury (QuakeCoRE and Rural Priority Laboratory), University of Otago and Massey University, to make the most of the resources available in building readiness for and resilience to earthquake risk in the South Island.