AJEM | Australian Journal of Emergency Management

'Strong relationships are critical at all levels of emergency management and not just in the response. In a community prepared for emergencies, relationships should promote cooperation and self-reliance.

'At the incident level in a response, relationships will be personal and team-focused. In a multi-agency setting, it will be about attaining a shared objective through drawing on the expertise and capabilities of all those involved.'

Hon Nikki Kaye
Minister of Civil Defence
 New Zealand