In July 2008 the Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) group held an exercise using the scenario of a heavy snowfall which would close roads, isolating rural communities and cutting power and supplies. The group consisted of people from a range of local emergency and welfare organisations, who worked together to respond to the likely problems presented by 'Operation Snowstorm'. Under the guidance of Otago Emergency Management co-ordinator Scott McNaughton (standing, left), participants included (seated, from left) police staff Vivien Pullar and Inspector Lane Todd, Fire Service representative Rodger Smith, St John staff Max Corboy and Paul McNamara, with Doug Third standing behind, and Southern District Health Board manager Michael Dodds.
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