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Readiness and Response
The Ministry has responsibility for maintaining the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan, outlining responsibilities for readiness, response and recovery tasks and procedures to be used during and after an emergency. As part of those responsibilities we also maintain a national warning system, a 24-hour emergency communications system and an alternate communications network throughout the regions of New Zealand. The National Crisis Management Centre is equipped to monitor local or regional events and manage events of national significance.

National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan
The National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan outlines the responsibilities for readiness, response and recovery tasks and procedures to be used during and after an emergency. These are also incorporated in the Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan.

National Warning Systems
Under the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan, warnings shall be issued by the Director of Emergency Management for all or part of New Zealand in respect of hazards that might lead to or worsen a civil defence emergency. Refer to Section 19. National CDEM warnings (pdf 105KB) of the Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan.

National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC)
This page contains information on the structure and functions of the existing National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC).

Alternative Communications
The Ministry maintains a national HF radio communications network to be used in the event of a failure of the public communications network. Its alternative communications capacity is currently under review.
The Ministry also coordinates and facilitates channel allocation within the Emergency Services Band (VHF) on behalf of Civil Defence structures in New Zealand.

Exercise Design
The general approach to exercise writing we have employed for activities such as Exercise Capital Quake (November 2006) is outlined.