EMCI have the mandate and the responsibility to be the leaders in disaster preparedness, disaster risk management, and disaster recovery. EMCI are also mandated with ensuring that all other response agencies are well prepared internally and with their own guidelines and processes to prepare for and manage an emergency.

All risks to the Cook Islands need to be identified, assigned to an agency for response, and have plans and processes developed to ensure that agencies will be fit to respond when the need arises.