Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan
Supporting Plan [SP 02/18]
A major earthquake affecting the Wellington region would severely affect the region’s community, business, and infrastructure. Wellington’s position flow on implications for the rest of New Zealand.
The Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan (WENIRP) has been developed to assist emergency managers, and responding agencies, to respond effectively to this complex emergency scenario. It is a Supporting Plan to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 (National CDEM Plan 2015), and builds on the arrangements in the National CDEM Plan 2015.
The WENIRP provides direction to responding agencies in the initial stages of the response, so actions can be undertaken immediately without requiring specific direction from the National Crisis Management Centre. This is done by providing the concept of operations on which the response to the impact of a major Wellington earthquake is to be based. It also shows agreed roles and responsibilities for responding agencies allowing them to pre-plan to respond and activate immediately if a major Wellington earthquake occurs.