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 (2016-18) of the AF8 project, funded by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) and led by Emergency Management Southland. The Framework 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, 2011 Christchurch earthquake and 2016 Kaiōura earthqauke, as more resources have been directed to research national and regional programmes. AF8 was been established by the six South Island CDEM Groups in partnership with their 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. Find out more about AF8 HERE.


The SAFER (South Island Alpine Fault Earthquake Response) Framework represents the culmination of two years of collaboration and kōrero between researchers, organisations, agencies and community groups and was published in October 2018. It was intended to be a living framework – used across New Zealand to develop planning for the next national exercise taking place in September 2020 which will focus on the AF8 Scenario.

The AF8 SAFER Forum brings response agencies and stakeholders together again to discuss their work using the Framework, demonstrate ideas and best practice and ensures we will have a coordinated response to any future event. The Forum is planned for the day before the South Island CDEM conference at the same venue in Nelson.

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: Registration opens 9am / Forum concludes 5pm*
Venue: Trafalgar Centre, Nelson

*Full agenda will be available in early October

Spaces are limited, please register your interest in attending via the form below. Thank you.


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