National Crisis Management Centre
The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) facilitates the Central Government crisis management arrangements and offers inter-agency and scalable operability to deal with any type of emergency.
The NCMC is managed and maintained in a continued state of readiness by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).
The NCMC is situated below ground in the Beehive (Parliament buildings). Its design is aimed at maximum self-sustainability in the event of a major Wellington earthquake or other local disasters and service failures. These measures and facilities include:
- Seismic protection to withstand earthquake loadings associated with a MMX (Modified Mercalli Ten) event.
- Emergency water supply.
- Emergency power supply.
- An independent IT network and emergency management information system supported by its own servers and back-up capabilities.
- An independent telecommunications system, backed up by alternative communication links such as microwave and satellite systems.
- An independent air conditioning and filtering system.
- Security systems.
- Fully equipped generic operations areas, offices and meeting/conference facilities.
- A fully equipped cafeteria capable of catering for up to 100 persons at a time.
- Some basic emergency food supplies are carried.
- Sleeping accommodation, ablution and first aid facilities.
When activated for a CDEM emergency, the NCMC is primarily staffed by MCDEM Wellington based personnel and officers from relevant support agencies. From the NCMC, the Ministry:
- Monitors and assesses CDEM emergencies.
- Collects, analyses and disseminates information.
- Actions and coordinates national support to local level CDEM response.
- Accommodates, informs and takes direction from meetings of Central Government crisis management structures.
- During a state of national emergency, directs the entire response to the event.
The Ministry holds fortnightly NCMC training sessions for its staff.