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There are times when an event is beyond a rural community's capacity to cope, and central government assistance may be needed to help communities recover.
The On-Farm Adverse Events Recovery Plan has information on how adverse events are classified and the range of assistance available.
Fact sheets produced by Southland Civil Defence Emergency
Snow storm update statement, 24 June 2013
Latest update - No formal recovery measures required, 9 July 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries is constantly monitoring the situation following extreme weather in the South Island the week of 17 June 2013, and working with industry organisations.
Practical information for getting through the snow:
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ role is to assess the impact and scale of any potential adverse event affecting rural communities and the primary industries and, if appropriate, to support the Minister in declaring a medium or large-scale event. MPI assesses the impact of climatic events at the community (not individual) level.
The criteria that MPI uses are:
To gain information, MPI has a team of regional policy analysts, who have networks of local contacts and monitor developments. In addition, MPI has a network of contracted policy agents who report on local developments, such as a potential adverse climatic event.
In the case of localised event, the coordination of any support for farmers and the rural community is undertaken by local community groups and rural stakeholders. This will often be coordinated by the Rural Support Trust, with other relevant parties such as regional councils, Federated Farmers and other sector bodies getting involved.
For further information, see the following document in the Publications database (under “News and Resources”).