AJEM | Australian Journal of Emergency Management

'No one wishes an emergency or crisis on any community. But we understand they will come from time to time and probably with little warning and perhaps of a scale that is not anticipated.

'While we do our best to balance our investment and efforts across risk reduction, readiness and the ability to respond and recover from an emergency, inevitably there will be times when the unstinting help of friends is welcome and essential to bolster local capacities. The Australia New Zealand Emergency Management Committee serves as a foundation for the understandings and procedures that underpin effective emergency management and co-operation.'

John Hamilton
 Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, New Zealand