Lifeline utilities are the essential 'utility' services which support the life of our community. These services include water, wastewater, stormwater, power, gas, telecommunications and transportation networks.
The Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002 requires lifeline utilities to establish planning and operational relationships with CDEM groups. At the heart of this relationship is for each lifeline utility to be able to exchange relevant information around their risk management processes and the key elements of their readiness and response arrangements.
The CDEM Act 2002 also requires all lifeline utility operators to ensure they are able to function to the fullest possible extent, even though this may be at a reduced level, during and after an emergency. This is best achieved through the formation of lifeline utility projects - voluntary groups of 'lifeline utility' organisations with representatives from territorial authorities, major utility and transportation sector organisations.
In the Waikato region, the coordination of lifeline utilities has been achieved through the establishment of the Waikato Lifeline Utilites Group. Further information about this group can be found here.
Power cuts can occur due to rolling blackouts, extreme weather conditions, or other disasters such as earthquakes.
Take the following precautions, if there is no power in your neighborhood.
- Turn off and unplug appliances and computers. Leave one light on to indicate when the power has been restored.
- Avoid using candles as they are fire hazards.
- Do not use a gas stove for heating or operate generators indoors (including the garage). Both could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If a traffic signal is not working, treat it as a stop sign.
- See the food section to learn about food safety when your refrigerator’s power is off.