Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan - Supporting Plan SP 02/10 28 April, 2010. Version 1.0

 
Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan - Supporting Plan SP 02/10 28 April, 2010. Version 1.0
Wellington Earthquake National
Initial Response Plan
Supporting Plan [SP 02/10]
28 April, 2010. Version 1.0

                              Resilient New Zealand
                               Aotearoa Manahau
Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan - Supporting Plan SP 02/10 28 April, 2010. Version 1.0
Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan - Supporting Plan SP 02/10 28 April, 2010. Version 1.0
Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan
ISBN: 978-0-478-36801-7

28 April 2010
Version 1.0

Authority
This plan has been issued by the Director, Civil Defence Emergency Management
pursuant to s9(2) of the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002. It provides assistance
to CDEM Groups in the development of agency response plans.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management consulted with CDEM Groups, government agencies
and lifeline utilities in producing this plan.

Published by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.

This document is not copyright and may be reproduced with acknowledgement. This document, together with
further information about MCDEM, is available at www.civildefence.govt.nz

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management
PO Box 5010
Wellington
New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 473 7363
Fax: +64 4 473 7369
Email: emergency.management@dia.govt.nz
www.civildefence.govt.nz

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Contents
                                 Foreword ............................................................................................................................... 3
                                 Section 1: Introduction....................................................................................................... 4

                                 Section 2: Operational environment ................................................................................ 7
                                        Geographical features.................................................................................................. 7
                                        Future threat assessment............................................................................................ 9

                                 Section 3: National response actions............................................................................. 10
                                        Mission and strategic priorities.................................................................................. 10
                                        Implementation........................................................................................................... 10
                                        Specific response tasks (not including standard agency response tasks).............13
                                        Coordination Measures..............................................................................................19

                                 Section 4: Logistics........................................................................................................... 21

                                 Section 5: Control and communications........................................................................25

                                 Appendix 1: Communications Procedures.....................................................................26
                                        Establishing Communications – All Agencies...........................................................26
                                        Communications Links...............................................................................................26
                                        Response Agency Emergency Contact Details . .......................................................26

                                 Appendix 2: National response maps.............................................................................. 27

                                 Appendix 3: Logistics arrangements...............................................................................30
                                        Logistics System..........................................................................................................30
                                        Daily Logistics Requirements (Predicted)..................................................................32

                                 Appendix 4: National response matrix............................................................................33
                                 Appendix 5: Information requirements...........................................................................38
                                 Appendix 6: Response timeline.......................................................................................40
                                 Appendix 7: Key public messages................................................................................... 41
                                        Key Public Messages Set 1: Government remains in Wellington............................ 41
                                        Key Public Messages Set 2: Government relocates from Wellington......................43

                                 Appendix 8: Domestic resource requirements...............................................................45

                                 Appendix 8: Domestic resource requirements...............................................................46

                                 Appendix 9: International resource requirements......................................................... 47

                                 Appendix 10: Glossary.......................................................................................................48

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Foreword
           A major earthquake in the Wellington region is one of the
           worst scenarios for a natural hazard disaster that could be
           faced by New Zealand. This is due in part to Wellington’s
           population density, it being the seat of government, its economic
           importance and its role as a key transport hub.
           New Zealand’s geographic and meteorological profile invokes
           many potential emergency scenarios that would necessitate a
           nationally co-ordinated civil defence emergency management
           response. But the impact of a major earthquake in the
           Wellington region is likely to disrupt communications and
           infrastructure and could severely restrict the ability of authorities
           to coordinate and control the national response. In most other
           New Zealand scenarios, the ability of authorities to coordinate and control the response
           would remain largely intact.
           In the event of a major earthquake in Wellington, staff could become casualties or find
           themselves isolated from their place of work and needing to care for family and loved
           ones. Facilities could be damaged or unsafe and the supporting infrastructure could
           be out of commission for extended periods. In addition, there would be great public,
           political and media interest in the emergency. The response by civil defence emergency
           management at all levels must be immediate and closely coordinated.
           The plan provided in this document has been created to show 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 agencies participating in
           the response. The plan ensures that the national level response is co-ordinated, can be
           activated immediately and automatically without the need for specific direction, and is
           as effective and as efficient as possible within the constraints of resources likely to be
           available at the time.
           The plan is issued under the authority of the Director of Civil Defence Emergency
           Management and the provisions of Section 9 of the Civil Defence Emergency
           Management Act 2002. The plan has been developed in conjunction with government
           departments and agencies, local government, CDEM Groups and lifeline utilities. It is
           the foundation for the national response as well as regional and local CDEM response
           plans. The plan will not be static. It will be reviewed periodically and adjusted to
           take into account changes in the understanding of the threat, its likely impacts and
           developments in communities and practices.
           Planning is a critical component of preparedness and preparing for major emergencies
           is a continuous responsibility of all.

           John Hamilton
           Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management
           July 2010

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Section 1: Introduction
    1. Plan purpose
                                 The purpose of this Initial Response Plan is to direct and coordinate the immediate
                                 national response to a major Wellington earthquake until a formal response structure
                                 and specific National Action Plan has been established. A ‘major’ earthquake is defined
                                 as one that is either Magnitude 7 or greater, or where the impact is sufficient to lead
                                 the National Controller to activate this plan.

    2. Timeframe
                                 This Initial Response Plan covers the first 3-5 days following a major Wellington
                                 earthquake. This will give the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) time to
                                 activate, gather information and develop a follow-on National Action Plan based on the
                                 specifics of the event. The National Action Plan will coordinate the ongoing response,
                                 and will supplant this Initial Response Plan.

    3. Plan activation
                                 This plan may be activated following a major earthquake in the Wellington region.
                                 Activation will depend on the magnitude, location and impact of the earthquake, and
                                 will occur in one of the following ways:
                                 a. By decision: This plan may be activated on the decision of the National
                                    Controller. Activation will be communicated via the National Warning
                                    System (likely in the event of a moderate range of impacts, leaving some
                                    communications intact), or
                                 b. By default: Following a major earthquake in the Wellington region, agencies are
                                    to follow the communications procedure in Appendix 1. Initially, agencies are to
                                    attempt to make contact with their own offices in Wellington. If this is impossible
                                    or communications into Wellington are unworkable, agencies are to assume
                                    activation of this plan. Once it is operational, the NCMC will confirm the plan’s
                                    activation.

    4. Audience
                                 This Initial Response Plan is intended for the following users:
                                 a.   the NCMC
                                 b.   Central Government agencies involved in the response
                                 c.   Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups
                                 d.   Crown-owned entities
                                 e.   Lifeline Utilities, and
                                 f.   Non-government agencies involved in the national-level response.

                                 While the information contained in this document may be useful to other users (such
                                 as local authorities), it is set at a national level, and does not directly address the
                                 response actions to be followed by those users.

    5. Responsibilities
                                 Agencies with responsibilities under this plan are listed in Section 3, under ‘Specific
                                 Response Tasks’.
                                 This plan is reliant on response agencies developing their own plans and procedures

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for a major Wellington earthquake. It aims to coordinate the immediate actions of
             responding agencies; not to detail them. Therefore, it is vital that all agencies tasked
             with actions under this plan have plans and/or procedures in place to ensure that they
             can carry out their assigned tasks.

6. Context
             This Initial Response Plan fits within the context of the Civil Defence Emergency
             Management Act 2002 (CDEM Act) and National Civil Defence Emergency
             Management Plan 2005 (CDEM Plan), for an earthquake that has damaging impacts
             on Wellington. Wellington City holds a strategic position with respect to government,
             commerce, transport nodes, lifeline utilities and its population. As the seat of
             government, a major emergency in the region of Wellington will attract considerable
             national and international interest.
             This Initial Response Plan is a supporting plan to the National CDEM Plan and Guide. It
             is designed to operate within the framework and structures described in the National
             CDEM Plan and Guide. Following a major Wellington earthquake, this Initial Response
             Plan will be activated to control the first 3-5 days of the response. It will be superseded
             by a National Action Plan, which will be developed after the response situation has
             been clarified by the NCMC. The National Action Plan will detail the response actions
             to be undertaken for the period until a transition to a National Recovery Action Plan is
             possible. National and Regional agencies will be able to use this Initial Response Plan
             to develop their own plans before and following a major Wellington earthquake. Local
             agencies should in turn use their Regional response plan to develop their own. This is
             shown in the diagram below:

                                  NATIONAL CDEM PLAN FRAMEWORK

                 WELLINGTON                   WELLINGTON                        WELLINGTON
                 EARTHQUAKE NATIONAL          EARTHQUAKE NATIONAL               EARTHQUAKE NATIONAL
                 INITIAL RESPONSE PLAN        ACTION PLAN                       RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

                                             NATIONAL AGENCY
                                             RESPONSE PLANS

                                             CDEM GROUP
                                             RESPONSE PLANS

                                             LOCAL
                                             RESPONSE PLANS

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7. Assumptions
                                 The following assumptions have been made in the development of this plan:
                                 a. The NCMC is functional The NCMC will be functioning during the initial
                                    response, either in its primary location in Wellington, or the alternate site in
                                    Auckland.
                                 b. Responding agencies are functional Responding agencies will be activated,
                                    either in their primary locations (Wellington) or in alternate locations (likely
                                    Auckland).
                                 c. Communications are functional All responding agencies will be able to
                                    communicate, though likely to be in a much-reduced capacity.
                                 d. Wellington is isolated Large parts of the Wellington region will be isolated by
                                    road (specifically, Wellington City, the Hutt Valley, Porirua and possibly Kapiti).
                                 e. Other areas are isolated Marlborough, Kaikoura and Nelson-Tasman may also
                                    be isolated by road.
                                 f. Wellington transport modes are damaged Wellington airport and port are
                                    damaged, and may be inoperable for an extended period (days to weeks).
                                 g. National Assembly Areas (Air) are operable Ohakea, Paraparaumu and
                                    Masterton airfields will be damaged or disrupted, but can subsequently be used
                                    by aircraft with minimal repair effort.
                                 h. Automatic mass evacuation does not takes place There will not be an
                                    automatic evacuation of a large part of the general population from the affected
                                    area. Any evacuation that does occur will be conducted after a full assessment
                                    of the situation, and planned for accordingly. Therefore, such an action will be
                                    covered by the National Action Plan. Critical casualties, essential government
                                    personnel and tourists will however be evacuated as part of the initial response.
                                 i. Rail is inoperable The rail network in the affected area will be largely unusable
                                    during the 3-5 day period covered by this initial response plan.
                                 These assumptions will need to be verified as part of the initial response. Where
                                 an assumption is shown to be incorrect (i.e. some agencies are non-functional, or
                                 communications links are down), this Initial Response Plan will need to be adapted,
                                 and/or provision made in the National Action Plan.

    8. Review
                                 This plan will be reviewed from January 2013 and at three yearly intervals after that.
                                 MCDEM will lead the review and will consult with all agencies with responsibilities
                                 under this plan.

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Section 2: Operational environment
geographical features
9. Geographic boundaries
                            This Initial Response Plan encompasses all of New Zealand, but with particular
                            reference to the Manawatu-Wanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson-Tasman,
                            Marlborough and Canterbury CDEM Groups. A National Response Map displaying the
                            affected area1 is included at Appendix 2.

10. Key transport features
                            Key transport features in this plan are:
                            a. State Highway (SH) 1, between Bulls and Wellington, and between Picton and
                               Amberley
                            b. SH2, between Napier and Wellington
                            c. SH3, between Palmerston North and Woodville (Manawatu Gorge)
                            d. SH6, between Blenheim and Nelson, and between Nelson and Murchison
                            e. New Plymouth Port
                            f. Napier Port
                            g. Wellington Port and harbour
                            h. Picton Port
                            i. Nelson Port
                            j. Ohakea Airbase
                            k. Palmerston North Airport
                            l. Napier Airport
                            m. Wellington Airport
                            n. Nelson Airport
                            o. Blenheim Airport
                            p. Auckland Airport
                            q. Christchurch Airport
                            r. Paraparaumu Aerodrome, and
                            s. Masterton Aerodrome.
                            A map highlighting these transport features is included at Appendix 2.

11. Population
                            A population breakdown by local authority is included under Logistics Arrangements in
                            Appendix 3.

12. Lifeline utilities/infrastructure
                            The planning scenario that this plan is based on is a worst-case scenario, and it is
                            likely that the impacts of a major Wellington earthquake will be less than those stated
                            below.2 Key infrastructure impacted by a Wellington earthquake may include:

1   Refer to the Glossary on page 46 for definition of ‘affected area’ used in this plan.
2   This case scenario is available on the Publications page of the MCDEM website, www.civildefence.govt.nz.

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Health and disability sector
                                 a. All health care facilities in the Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs
                                    are likely to be damaged and operating at a severely reduced capacity. This
                                    includes tertiary hospitals as well as primary care facilities and capability such
                                    as clinics, doctors surgeries and ambulance providers.
                                 b. Health care facilities in the Wanganui, MidCentral, Hawke’s Bay and Nelson-
                                    Marlborough DHBs may be damaged and/or disrupted, and operating at a
                                    reduced capacity.

                                 Roads
                                 c. Major slips, bridge damage and closures are likely on SH1, between Bulls and
                                    Wellington, and between Picton and the Hurunui District.
                                 d. Major slips, bridge damage and closures are likely on SH2, between Waipukurau
                                    and Wellington.
                                 e. Major slips and closures are very likely on SH3, in the Manawatu Gorge.
                                 f. There may be major slips, bridge damage and closures on SH6, between Nelson
                                    and Blenheim, and between Nelson and Murchison (Buller Gorge).
                                 g. Damage is likely on local road networks between Bulls and the Hurunui District.

                                 Ports and airports
                                 h. Wellington Port is highly likely to be inoperable.
                                 i. Wellington Airport is highly likely to be inoperable.
                                 j. Palmerston North, Ohakea, Paraparaumu, Masterton and Blenheim airports will
                                    potentially be damaged or disrupted.

                                 Lifeline utilities
                                 k. Wellington regional water and wastewater distribution networks are highly likely
                                     to be severely disrupted or destroyed.
                                 l. Water/wastewater systems across the rest of the affected area may be disrupted
                                     or damaged.
                                 m. Electrical generation and distribution networks are likely to be inoperable or
                                     degraded between Palmerston North and the Hurunui District.
                                 n. Telecommunications networks are likely to be inoperable, overloaded or
                                     degraded, between Palmerston North and the Hurunui District.
                                 o. Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) distribution system into the Wellington
                                     region will be inoperable, due to road closures.
                                 p. FMCG distribution system into the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions may
                                     be inoperable, due to road closures.
                                 q. Fuel distribution system into the Wellington and Marlborough regions is likely to
                                     be inoperable.
                                 r. Fuel distribution system into the Manawatu-Wanganui, Nelson and Tasman
                                     regions will potentially be disrupted.
                                 s. Gas transmission pipelines supplying the lower North Island are likely to be
                                     damaged, isolated and either inoperable or degraded.
                                 t. Rail lines between Wellington and Levin, Wellington and Masterton, Palmerston
                                     North and Woodville and Kaikoura and Picton are likely to be inoperable. National
                                     control of rail operations may also be severely disrupted, due to damage to
                                     ONTRACK communication and signalling facilities in Wellington.

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Future Threat Assessment
13. Aftershocks
                           Moderate to strong aftershocks will continue throughout the affected area, and may do
                           so for several months. These may be up to MM6-73 in intensity. Aftershocks are likely
                           to cause further landslides on unstable slopes, affecting construction and clearance
                           operations and posing a hazard to unstable buildings. In addition, there is a continued
                           risk of tsunami caused by aftershocks and/or submarine landslides.

14. Severe weather
                           Depending on the time of year, there is a moderate to high chance of severe weather
                           over the affected area during the initial response. Severe weather is likely to increase
                           the number of sick and injured, and to hamper initial response activity. The effects on
                           people in emergency and temporary accommodation will include increased sickness
                           rates and a lowering of morale. Response activities such as clearance operations,
                           air supply and beach landing operations could be adversely affected and slowed.
                           Landslides on unstable slopes, the formation of debris dams and flooding will present
                           additional hazards to an already dangerous situation.
                           Rainfall may also be beneficial in areas with damaged water distribution networks.
                           Public information should include advice on storing rainfall, to lessen the burden on
                           water providers.

15. Water/wastewater
                           In the long term, lack of potable water and poor sanitation is likely to be a hazard for
                           many people in the Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington and Marlborough Regions for at
                           least six months following the event. In addition lack of water/wastewater will severely
                           impact lifeline utilities and facilities and reduce their effective operation. Effective
                           public health surveillance will be necessary to mitigate the risk of a higher incidence of
                           disease.

16. Housing
                           Once the initial concern over earthquake casualties has passed, the main focus is
                           likely to be on the large numbers of people in the affected area still in emergency or
                           temporary accommodation. While this will be addressed below the national level of the
                           initial response, actions taken in the first few days may become the norm for months
                           to come. This is certain to be a critical area of concern in the medium to long term of a
                           response and recovery programme.

3   MM stands for ‘Modified Mercalli’, which is a measure of how strongly an earthquake manifests at the surface. See the the Glossary
    on page 46 for a complete definition.

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Section 3: National response actions
     Mission and strategic priorities
     17. Mission statement
                                  To direct and coordinate the initial national response to a major Wellington earthquake,
                                  in order to minimise loss of life, care for those in distress and provide for continuity of
                                  government.

     18. Strategic goal and priorities
                                  The strategic goal for the initial response is:
                                  “To swiftly alleviate the suffering of the people in the area affected by the
                                  earthquake.”

                                  The national response priorities are:
                                  a. To preserve life and care for the injured, sick and dependent people
                                  b. To provide access to the affected area
                                  c. To provide essential services of shelter, water, food and healthcare to people in
                                     the affected areas
                                  d. To maintain law and order
                                  e. To prevent further casualties from related hazards, and
                                  f. To preserve governance.

                                  While this plan emphasises Wellington as the worst affected area, national support will
                                  be prioritised by need, rather than region.

     Implementation
     19. Response outline
                                  The NCMC, responding agencies and CDEM Groups will automatically activate their
                                  usual or alternate response coordination facilities in accordance with their own plans
                                  and procedures, without waiting for central direction. The degree of success in this
                                  response will depend on the rapidity with which response agencies carry out their
                                  assigned tasks. In the likely event that communications are degraded, response
                                  agencies will need to use their initiative and judgement. Response agencies should
                                  actively seek alternate means to communicate with others (where necessary) until
                                  normal communications methods can be restored.
                                  The critical elements of the initial response will be:
                                  a. Information gathering Determining the status of key infrastructure, capabilities
                                     of response agencies and the numbers and locations of injured and displaced as
                                     soon as possible to allow for the development of a National Action Plan.
                                  b. Mobilisation and logistics Establishment of a transport and logistics system
                                     to provide resources to response operations, and enable access to and from
                                     isolated areas.4 Direct support to the affected area is to be provided from
                                     National Assembly Areas by air (likely Ohakea and/or Palmerston North for fixed
                                     wing aircraft, Paraparaumu, Masterton and/or Nelson for helicopters) and by sea
                                     (likely from Auckland, Napier, New Plymouth or Christchurch).

     4    Refer to the Glossary on page 46 for definition of ‘isolated areas’ used in this plan.

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c. Public information Establishment of an all-of-government communications
                   group to ensure the timely transmission of information to the public, both
                   domestic and international.
                d. International assistance Establishment of an NCMC International Assistance
                   Cell to oversee the coordination of international assistance.
                e. Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Coordination of (USAR) operations.
                f. Critical services Restoration of services as rapidly as possible in the worst
                   affected areas.

                The Response Matrix in Appendix 4 details response actions by function and region.

20. Key tasks
                a. Information gathering Carry out reconnaissance along key routes, location
                   and numbers of casualties and displaced people, key infrastructure status and
                   resource shortfalls. Appendix 5 contains a detailed breakdown of information
                   requirements.
                b. Healthcare Provide appropriate primary care, including pre-hospital emergency
                   care, tertiary and public health services within the affected area.
                c. Access into/out of isolated areas Begin repair operations to reopen roads.
                   Establish air and sea transport links, to bypass blocked roads.
                d. Provision of shelter, water, food and healthcare Quantify numbers and
                   locations of people requiring food, water, shelter and healthcare, procure the
                   means to alleviate these and establish a transport/distribution network to supply
                   them.
                e. Public information Provide timely and comprehensive information to the public
                   and media.
                f. Rescue and firefighting Rescue trapped and isolated people, and extinguish
                   fires as rapidly as possible.
                g. Movement control Prevent movement of unauthorised people and traffic into
                   the affected area to prevent added burden on response resources.
                h. Communications Establish a communications plan (i.e. satphone, radio, courier)
                   to bypass disrupted landline and cellular networks.

21. Phases
                There are two broad phases for this plan, which hinge on the level of coordination at
                the national level. The two phases are:
                a. Phase 1: Immediate actions Agencies are to immediately begin carrying out
                   their allocated tasks without waiting for NCMC direction. This phase may last
                   from minutes to up to 24 hours, depending on the disruption to the NCMC staff
                   and facilities (including the alternative NCMC). Where necessary, agencies and
                   CDEM Groups are to coordinate activities jointly until the NCMC fully activates.
                b. Phase 2: Follow on This phase begins when the NCMC has activated, and runs
                   through to the development and promulgation of a National Action Plan. The
                   NCMC will begin to coordinate response actions based on this Initial Response
                   Plan.

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22. Decision points
                                  a. Declare state of national emergency The declaration of a state of national
                                     emergency will depend on the initial impact assessment. This is the decision
                                     of the Minister of Civil Defence, on the advice of the National Controller and/or
                                     Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management.
                                  b. Seek international assistance This will depend on the initial impact assessment
                                     and the range and quantity of resources available to the national response. This
                                     is a Cabinet-level decision, taken on advice from the National Controller, Director
                                     of Civil Defence Emergency Management and other agencies.
                                  c. Location of the NCMC in Wellington or Auckland This will depend on the
                                     ability to communicate with response agencies and whether the Wellington site
                                     can support the required level of operation. This decision will be made by the
                                     National Controller and/or Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management.
                                  d. Decision to relocate Government This is outside the scope of this plan.

     23. NCMC activation mode
                                  The NCMC/Alternate NCMC will automatically move to Mode 3 upon activation of this
                                  plan. A change from this mode may be made after an initial review of the situation.
                                  Therefore, CDEM Groups are in control of the response within their regions, supported
                                  by the NCMC.

     24. State of National Emergency
                                  A declaration of a state of national emergency is likely to follow after an initial
                                  assessment. In this instance, overall control will revert to the NCMC. The NCMC will
                                  move to Mode 4 following the declaration. This is likely to occur within the first 48
                                  hours of the response depending on the scale of the impact.

     25. Outcome
                                  The National Initial Response Plan provides for an immediate response. This plan
                                  will be superseded when a National Action Plan has been developed, and can be
                                  implemented. Ideally, the following activities will either have been completed or be well
                                  underway when the National Action Plan is initiated:
                                  a. A full awareness of the extent and range of impacts is established, and
                                     communicated across all agencies.
                                  b. Rescue operations are established within the affected area.
                                  c. Appropriate care to casualties and the sick within the affected area is being
                                     provided. Medical evacuation is underway from the affected areas, where
                                     required.
                                  d. Effective public and primary health care within the affected area is being
                                     provided.
                                  e. Public information is being coordinated and delivered accurately and rapidly.
                                  f. A system for the provision of food, water and shelter in the affected areas is
                                     established and operating effectively.
                                  g. Fires are under control or extinguished.
                                  h. Government is operating effectively.
                                  i. Reliable communications into and within affected areas has been established.
                                  j. Infrastructure critical to the response is being repaired.

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Specific Response Tasks (not including standard agency response tasks)

26. NCMC
                  a. Establish contact with CDEM Groups and other Emergency Operations Centres
                     (EOCs) (see Appendix 1).
                  b. Establish contact with national lifelines Sector Coordinating Entities (SCEs) (see
                     Appendix 1).
                  c. Support patient evacuation from affected areas, in conjunction with the Ministry
                     of Health’s National Health Coordination Centre (NHCC).
                  d. Support other evacuations from affected areas (including essential government
                     personnel).
                  e. Support the provision of effective public health response and disease monitoring
                     in the affected area, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.
                  f. Consolidate personnel, equipment and supply requests from CDEM Groups and
                     other agencies.
                  g. On activation of this plan, begin immediate procurement of response resources,
                     including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and fuel, (see Section 4 and
                     Appendices 8 and 9).
                  h. Develop priority for transport assets (ship, fixed wing, helicopter) until these are
                     released for general use, and oversee transport taskings.
                  i. Procure commercial logistics providers to control ship loading and tasking at
                     National Assembly Areas (Sea).
                  j. Confirm location of National Assembly Areas (Air).
                  k. Confirm the assumptions listed in Section 1 of this Initial Response Plan.
                  l. Develop the National Action Plan.
                  m. Manage and direct the use of international assistance.
                  n. Direct Red Cross to establish the National Inquiry Centre.

27. Manawatu-Wanganui CDEM Group
                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC and neighbouring CDEM Groups (see Appendix
                     1).
                  b. Support evacuation of patients and casualty transport by local DHBs and
                     ambulance providers.
                  c. Provide the NCMC with consolidated number of casualties and displaced in the
                     Manawatu-Wanganui Region (see Appendix 5).
                  d. Provide the NCMC with the status of lifelines and key infrastructure in the
                     Manawatu-Wanganui Region (see Appendix 5).
                  e. Provide the NCMC with consolidated and prioritised personnel, equipment and
                     supply requests, including forecasts.
                  f. Support operations to reopen Ohakea airfield and Palmerston North airport if
                     required.
                  g. Support roading authority operations to reopen critical routes from Wanganui-
                     Palmerston North, Palmerston North-Hastings, Woodville-Masterton and
                     Waiouru-Otaki.
                  h. Inform the NCMC of CDEM Group Staging Areas.
                  i. Support NZDF supply operations at Ohakea and/or Palmerston North Airport if
                     required.

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28. Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC and neighbouring CDEM Groups (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. Support evacuation of patients and casualty transport by local DHBs and
                                     ambulance providers.
                                  c. Provide the NCMC with consolidated numbers of casualties and displaced in the
                                     Hawke’s Bay Region (see Appendix 5).
                                  d. Provide the NCMC with the status of lifelines and key infrastructure in the
                                     Hawke’s Bay Region (see Appendix 5).
                                  e. Provide the NCMC with consolidated and prioritised personnel, equipment and
                                     supply requests, including forecasts.
                                  f. Inform the NCMC of CDEM Group Staging Areas.
                                  g. Support roading authority operations to reopen the Napier-Woodville route (to
                                     regional boundary).

     29. Wellington CDEM Group
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC and neighbouring CDEM Groups (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. Support evacuation of patients and casualty transport by local DHBs and
                                     ambulance providers.
                                  c. Coordinate evacuation of other evacuees with the NCMC.
                                  d. Provide the NCMC with consolidated numbers of casualties and displaced in the
                                     Wellington region (see Appendix 5).
                                  e. Provide the NCMC with the status of lifelines and key infrastructure in the
                                     Wellington region (see Appendix 5).
                                  f. Provide the NCMC with consolidated and prioritised personnel, equipment and
                                     supply requests, including forecasts.
                                  g. Support operations to reopen Wellington port and airport.
                                  h. Assist fuel companies to establish an improvised bulk fuel facility in Wellington
                                     port (if required).
                                  i. Determine beach landing sites for NZ Defence Force (NZDF) reconnaissance (if
                                     required).
                                  j. Survey Wellington Harbour in conjunction with the NZDF.
                                  k. Inform the NCMC of CDEM Group Staging Areas.
                                  l. Support roading authority operations to reopen the Wellington-Porirua, Porirua-
                                     Hutt Valley, Featherston-Woodville routes, and critical routes within urban areas
                                     such as access to tertiary hospitals and Wellington Airport.

     30. Marlborough CDEM Group
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC and neighbouring CDEM Groups (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. Support evacuation of patients and casualty transport with the local DHB and
                                     ambulance providers.
                                  c. Provide the NCMC with consolidated numbers of casualties and displaced in the
                                     Marlborough Region (see Appendix 5).
                                  d. Provide the NCMC with status of lifelines and key infrastructure in the
                                     Marlborough Region (see Appendix 5).
                                  e. Provide the NCMC with consolidated and prioritised personnel, equipment and
                                     supply requests, including forecasts.
                                  f. Support operations to reopen Blenheim airport and Koromiko Airfield if required.

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g. Determine beach landing sites for NZDF reconnaissance. (if required).
                   h. Inform the NCMC of CDEM Group Staging Areas.
                   i. Support roading authority operations to reopen routes Picton-Kaikoura and
                      Blenheim-Nelson.

31. Nelson-Tasman CDEM Group
                   a. Establish contact with the NCMC and neighbouring CDEM Groups (see Appendix 1).
                   b. Support evacuation of patients and casualty transport with the local DHB and
                      ambulance providers.
                   c. Provide the NCMC with consolidated numbers of casualties and displaced in the
                      Nelson-Tasman Region (see Appendix 5).
                   d. Provide the NCMC with the status of lifelines and key infrastructure in the
                      Nelson-Tasman Region (see Appendix 5).
                   e. Provide the NCMC with consolidated and prioritised personnel, equipment and
                      supply requests, including forecasts.
                   f. Inform the NCMC of CDEM Group Staging Areas.
                   g. Support roading authority operations to reopen routes Nelson-Springs Junction,
                      Nelson-Westport and Blenheim- Nelson.

32. Canterbury CDEM Group
                   a. Establish contact with the NCMC and neighbouring CDEM Groups (see Appendix 1).
                   b. Support evacuation of patients and casualty transport with the local DHB and
                      ambulance providers.
                   c. Provide the NCMC with consolidated numbers of casualties and displaced in the
                      Canterbury Region (see Appendix 5).
                   d. Provide the NCMC with the status of lifelines and key infrastructure in the
                      Canterbury Region (see Appendix 5).
                   e. Provide the NCMC with consolidated and prioritised personnel, equipment and
                      supply requests, including forecasts.
                   f. Support roading authority operations to reopen routes from Christchurch-
                      Blenheim and Springs Junction- Nelson.
                   g. Assist the NCMC to establish a National Assembly Area (Sea) in Lyttelton, if required.
                   h. Support international Reception and Departure Centre (RDC) management at
                      Christchurch Airport if required.
                   i. Be prepared to provide personnel and equipment to assist other affected CDEM
                      Groups.

33. Auckland CDEM Group
                   a. Establish contact with the NCMC and other CDEM Groups (see Appendix 1).
                   b. Assist the NCMC to establish a National Assembly Area (Sea) in Auckland.
                   c. Support international Reception and Departure Centre (RDC) management at
                       Auckland Airport if required.
                   d. Be prepared to provide personnel and equipment to augment the alternate NCMC
                       operations in Auckland.
                   e. Be prepared to provide personnel and equipment to assist affected CDEM
                       Groups.

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34. All other CDEM Groups.
                                  a. Be prepared to provide personnel and equipment to assist affected CDEM Groups.
                                  b. Be prepared to assist the NCMC with local procurement of equipment and
                                     supplies, and its onward movement to the affected area.

     35. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. On activation of this plan, establish an National Assembly Area (Air) at Ohakea or
                                     designated alternate site.
                                  c. On activation of this plan, establish an National Assembly Area (Helo) at
                                     Paraparaumu or designated alternate site. Be prepared to establish a secondary
                                     National Assembly Area (Helo) in Nelson for South Island operations.
                                  d. Control air asset loading and tasking at National Assembly Areas (Air), in
                                     accordance with the NCMC priority.
                                  e. On activation of this plan, make available to the NCMC all logistics management
                                     and all air, sea and rough-terrain transport capabilities.
                                  f. On activation of this plan, conduct aerial reconnaissance of key infrastructure, as
                                     listed in Appendix 5. Liaise with Auckland NZTA office to carry road engineers.
                                  g. Be prepared to assist sea asset loading and tasking in the National Assembly
                                     Area in Auckland, in accordance with NCMC priority.
                                  h. Be prepared to establish and control Beach Landing Sites in the affected area, in
                                     conjunction with the local CDEM Group, in accordance with the NCMC tasking.
                                  i. In conjunction with Wellington Harbourmaster, survey Wellington Harbour, if
                                     required.
                                  j. Be prepared to provide personnel and equipment to augment CDEM Group,
                                     particularly field logistics units comprising transport and supply functions.
                                  k. If possible, be prepared to provide personnel to augment the NCMC’s operations
                                     on request (likely if an alternate NCMC in Auckland is activated).

     36. Ministry of Health
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. Identify available capacity across the Health sector and (in conjunction with the
                                     NCMC) coordinate any transport requirements for the provision of personnel,
                                     equipment and supplies to the affected area.
                                  c. Control medical transport assets outside of isolated areas.
                                  d. Liaise with the NCMC to arrange medical evacuation out of isolated areas.
                                  e. Coordinate the provision of additional medical teams to the affected area.
                                  f. Control any international medical assets deployed to New Zealand.

     37. District Health Boards (within the affected area)
                                  a. Establish contact with the NHCC (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. Coordinate the local primary, tertiary and public health response.
                                  c. Determine the numbers of patients requiring evacuation (including support staff
                                     and equipment), prioritise them, and send this list to NHCC to arrange transport.
                                  d. Move patients to designated evacuation assembly areas (if required) with any
                                     relevant documentation.

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e. Forward consolidated non-medical support requests to CDEM Groups for action,
                          including requests for supplies, equipment, engineering, lifeline utilities and
                          transport. Medical personnel and supply/equipment requests should be directed
                          to the NHCC.

38. District Health Boards (outside the affected area)
                       a. Establish contact with the NHCC (see Appendix 1).
                       b. Provide situation reporting, status, and capacity to support the Health sector
                          response to the NHCC.

39. Ambulance providers
                       a. Establish contact with the NHCC at a national level (see Appendix 1).
                       b. Respond in accordance with the provisions of AMPLANZ.
                       c. Establish contact with the local DHB EOC within the affected area.

40. New Zealand Police
                       a. Establish contact with the NCMC (see Appendix 1).
                       b. Ensure the safety of the Governor-General, Chief Justice and Prime Minister, and
                          advise the NCMC.
                       c. Forward consolidated, prioritised lists of personnel, supplies and equipment
                          requiring transport into and from the affected areas, to the NCMC.
                       d. Prevent public movement into the affected area; boundaries to be determined by
                          the NCMC in conjunction with Police.
                       e. If possible, be prepared to provide personnel to augment the alternate NCMC
                          operations on request in Auckland if it is activated.

41. New Zealand Fire Service
                       a. Establish contact with the NCMC (see Appendix 1).
                       b. Coordinate Fire and Rescue response to affected areas.
                       c. Activate Major Incident Plans.
                       d. Forward consolidated, prioritised lists of personnel, supplies and equipment
                          requiring transport into the affected areas, to the NCMC.
                       e. Coordinate USAR operations.
                       f. If possible, be prepared to provide personnel to augment the NCMC’s operations
                          on request (likely if alternate NCMC in Auckland is activated).

42. National Welfare Coordination Group (NWCG)
                       a. Establish contact with the NCMC (see Appendix 1).
                       b. Assist the NCMC in its procurement of welfare support equipment, supplies and
                          personnel.
                       c. Activate the 0800 Government Helpline.
                       d. Support the development of a temporary welfare plan (i.e. accommodation,
                          psychological support etc.) in conjunction with NCMC.

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e. In order to allow NWCG agencies to function in the affected area, forward
                                     consolidated and prioritised lists of personnel, supplies and equipment requiring
                                     transport, to the NCMC.
                                  f. Advise NCMC of the impacts on vulnerable communities in the affected area.

     43. Transport Response Team (TRT)
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC (see Appendix 1).
                                  b. Advise the NCMC of the status of key airfields and airports, including restoration
                                     times (see Appendix 5).
                                  c. Advise the NCMC of the status of state highways, including restoration times,
                                     particularly for SH1 vs SH2 (North Island) and SH1 vs SH6/63 (South Island)
                                     (see Appendix 5).
                                  d. Advise the NCMC of the status of key ports, including restoration times (see
                                     Appendix 5).
                                  e. Advise the NCMC of the national rail network status, particularly from the
                                     Waikato Region south.
                                  f. Provide advice to assist the NCMC procurement of private sector transport
                                     assets, particularly medium and heavy lift helos and barges.
                                  g. Alert the appropriate transport agency (CAA first, then NRCC) of the need to
                                     issue Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) advising restrictions to air movement within the
                                     affected area.
                                  h. Alert the appropriate transport agency of the need to issue Notices to Mariners
                                     advising changes to the maritime environment within the affected area.
                                  i. Alert the appropriate transport agency of the need to amend licensing or to grant
                                     exemptions from selected road rules and regulations, if requested by the NCMC
                                     (with particular regard to driver hours and vehicle weights).

     44. New Zealand Transport Agency
                                  a. Liaise with NZDF, primarily Air Force, to determine if road engineers from
                                     Auckland can accompany RNZAF reconnaissance flights.
                                  b. Liaise with NZDF and Wellington CDEM Group, to determine feasibility of early
                                     landing of heavy equipment across the beaches, prior to port reopening.

     45. Earthquake Commission (EQC)
                                  a. Generate Minerva simulation scenarios, and deliver to the NCMC as required.

     46. NZAID
                                  a. Support NCMC logistics procurement.

     47. National lifeline utilities
                                  a. Establish contact with the NCMC via Sector Coordinating Entities (see Appendix
                                     1).
                                  b. Advise the NCMC of individual response plans and priority of effort.
                                  c. Advise the NCMC of support requirements.

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48. Transpower New Zealand Ltd
                      a. Provide a liaison officer to the NCMC.
                      b. Liaise with NCMC to gain access to air reconnaissance flights.

49. Gas Association of New Zealand (GANZ)
                      a. Provide a liaison officer to the NCMC.

Coordination Measures
50. Response matrix
                      A response matrix is contained in Appendix 4. It details response activities by function
                      and by region, and expands on the information in this section.

51. Timings
                      There are no fixed times for any of the response activities outlined. Tasks must begin
                      on day one and be completed as rapidly as possible. The ability to do so will depend on
                      the event’s impacts, the time it occurs and the state of communications. An estimated
                      timeline of actions is included in Appendix 6.

52. Locations
                      A National Response Map is included in Appendix 2, detailing all locations relevant to
                      the national response.
                      a. Road Road repair operations will be managed by the NZTA in conjunction with
                         local roading authorities. Key locations will be advised following activation of this
                         plan.
                      b. Sea assembly areas Shipping operations will be based out of Auckland and
                         Christchurch initially. North Island shipments may move to Napier, if a shorter
                         travel time becomes necessary (New Plymouth is also a possible alternate port).
                         South Island shipments may move to Nelson or Picton, once road access has
                         been reopened and port facilities repaired. Wellington and Marlborough CDEM
                         Groups will advise the NCMC of where beach landing sites are required.
                      c. Fixed wing assembly areas These will be confirmed once an initial damage
                         assessment has been conducted. This is likely to be at Ohakea, with supporting
                         operations at Palmerston North. If Ohakea and Palmerston North are unusable,
                         these will shift to either Auckland or Napier.
                      d. Helicopter assembly areas These will be confirmed once an initial damage
                         assessment has been conducted. These are likely to be at Paraparaumu,
                         Masterton and/or Nelson. Locations will be dependent on the ability to move
                         freight by road and sea to the National Assembly Areas.

53. Public information
                      Key public messages are contained in Appendix 7. The NCMC will issue media
                      statements through the National Warning System as soon as possible once the NCMC
                      has been activated.

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54. Preparatory measures for recovery
                                  Preparatory measures for recovery will be included in the National Action Plan, but fall
                                  outside the scope of this plan.

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Section 4: Logistics
55. Supply and transport
                     A multi-organisational logistics structure must be established in order to procure,
                     manage and transport the required personnel, equipment and supplies. This is detailed
                     in Appendix 3. Scarce transport assets will be controlled by the NCMC until there is no
                     longer a transport shortfall, in which case assets will be released for general use.

                     Road
                     a. NZTA and local authorities will conduct road reconnaissance of their respective
                        routes, and begin repairs in order to allow road access to all affected areas as
                        soon as possible.
                     b. Road transport is as per normal commercial arrangements outside of areas
                        isolated by road. Within areas isolated by road, CDEM Groups are to coordinate
                        road transport if required.
                     c. NZDF has some light and medium rough-terrain transport vehicles available for
                        use by CDEM Groups. These can be requested through the NCMC to support
                        regional and local operations.

                     Sea
                     a. The NCMC is responsible for the procurement of ships to transport heavy freight
                        and equipment into isolated areas where ports are useable.
                     b. NCMC, in conjunction with TRT, will procure ships capable of landing freight
                        across boat ramps and beaches, to transport supplies and equipment into
                        isolated areas where ports are unusable. This is likely to have limited capacity.
                     c. CDEM Groups, in conjunction with NZDF, will identify locations where they will
                        require beach landing sites to be established. NZDF will establish and control
                        beach landing sites. NCMC will determine priority of effort, and where NZDF
                        assets will be allocated.
                     d. Loading and tasking of ships will be managed by commercial logistics
                        companies, in accordance with priorities set by the NCMC.

                     Air
                     a. Reopening airfields in isolated areas (particularly Wellington, Nelson,
                         Marlborough and Kaikoura) is a critical task.
                     b. The NCMC (in conjunction with NZDF) will procure aircraft, particularly medium
                         and heavy lift helos. These will then be assigned either to the National Assembly
                         Areas or to CDEM Groups in the affected area.
                     c. Air asset loading and tasking for national-level air operations will be controlled
                         by the NZDF at the designated National Assembly Areas for both fixed wing and
                         helicopters.
                     d. Medical evacuation will be coordinated by the NHCC. Air transport out of isolated
                         areas will be arranged by the NCMC, at the request of the NHCC.
                     e. CDEM Groups are to control air landing zones in their areas.
                     f. CDEM Groups and national agencies can request the use of air assets through
                         the NCMC.
                     g. Air Traffic Control over the affected area will continue to be provided by Airways
                         Corporation of New Zealand. Aircraft operating away from controlled airfields will
                         operate according to Civil Aviation Rules and Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

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Procurement
                                  The NCMC will move immediately to procure critical resources as soon as this plan
                                  is activated. These will be sourced domestically and internationally. Indicative lists of
                                  what may be procured are listed at Appendix 8 (Domestic Resource Requirements) and
                                  Appendix 9 (International Resource Requirements). Resources that are procured will be
                                  made available to responding agencies either directly (i.e. by allocation) or indirectly (to
                                  fulfil requests, with central control retained by the NCMC).

     56. Movement priority
                                  In order to maximise the use of limited transport assets, the following priority is to be
                                  used for transport into and out of isolated areas during the initial response:

                                  Inwards (in priority order)
                                  a. Medical supplies, equipment and personnel.
                                  b. Urban Search and Rescue.
                                  c. CDEM personnel (to coordinate the regional and local response).
                                  d. Welfare supplies (water, food, shelter).
                                  e. Fire-fighting supplies, equipment and personnel.
                                  f. All other requests.

                                  Outwards (in priority order)
                                  a. Casualties with immediately life-threatening injuries (Status 1).
                                  b. Personnel critical to the functioning of government and management of the
                                     response.
                                  c. Casualties with potentially life threatening injuries (Status 2).
                                  d. Couriers with response-specific information.
                                  e. All other requests (including tourists and other non-residents).

     57. Critical resources
                                  Certain resources are deemed critical to the response, and will therefore be controlled
                                  by the NCMC. These may be requested from the NCMC, and may be allocated to
                                  agencies and CDEM Groups permanently or on a temporary basis, with a fixed time
                                  limit. As the situation improves, and capacity increases, resources will no longer be
                                  deemed critical, and will be made available as a general resource. Critical resources
                                  include:
                                  a.   Medium and heavy lift helicopters
                                  b.   Barges and other vessels with a beach landing capability
                                  c.   Water purification, distribution and storage equipment
                                  d.   Mobile communications (particularly satellite digital capable)
                                  e.   Fuel tankers, particularly aviation fuel (for transport to National Assembly Areas),
                                  f.   Generators (all types)
                                  g.   Emergency accommodation (e.g. tents, bedding)
                                  h.   Earthmoving plant, and
                                  i.   Mobile cranes.

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58. Welfare
                            The national welfare response is coordinated by the NWCG. CDEM Groups and Welfare
                            Advisory Groups (WAGs) requiring support are to request this through the NCMC.
                            The NCMC will work with NWCG to fulfil these requests. The NCMC will coordinate
                            and control the transport of equipment, supplies and staff into isolated areas, in
                            conjunction with the NWCG.

59. Water
                            The NCMC will oversee the procurement of water purification and distribution
                            equipment from domestic and international sources. This will take time to procure and
                            will be transported on a priority basis to affected areas as it is procured.

60. Health/medical
                            The national medical response will be coordinated from the NHCC. Procurement of
                            medical supplies, equipment and staff will be managed by the NHCC, and transport
                            into isolated areas will be arranged by the NCMC. Non-medical support is requested
                            through local CDEM Groups, who may coordinate this support through the NCMC if
                            required. Patient evacuation is to be arranged between DHBs and the NHCC, with the
                            NCMC providing transport where required.

61. Lifeline utilities
                            Lifeline utilities have inherent capacity, and have developed their own plans to restore
                            service to affected areas. Any support needed, particularly transport, is to be requested
                            initially from CDEM Groups, who may request additional support from the NCMC. It is likely
                            that because of access issues, lifeline utilities may focus on the Manawatu-Wanganui,
                            Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, Tasman and Canterbury regions during the initial response. Lifeline
                            utility priorities will be confirmed or modified in the National Action Plan.

62. Finance
                            There are no financial barriers to justified response activities. After the initial response
                            has been completed, a financial control system will be established to cover response
                            costs, including retrospectively. Financial support will be provided to CDEM Groups as
                            per the provisions of Part 10 of the National CDEM Plan.

63. International assistance
                            All offers of international assistance are to be directed to the International Assistance
                            Cell at the NCMC. A pre-determined list of international assistance needed for this
                            response is listed at Appendix 9.
                            Reception and Departure Centres (RDCs) may be established at Auckland (and
                            possibly at Christchurch) airports, to coordinate relief assets arriving from international
                            providers. If established, RDCs will be operated by UN Disaster Assessment and
                            Coordination teams, with support from the local CDEM Group. UN assistance will
                            require DESC5 approval prior to deployment, and will work at the direction of the NCMC
                            once activated.

5    Domestic and External Security Coordination, a Cabinet Committee. Refer to the Glossary on page 46 for a full definition.

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64. Donations and volunteers
                                  General donations are to be discouraged via public information statements. Specific
                                  needs must be conveyed in replies to enquiries or via public information statements.
                                  Volunteers will be encouraged to affiliate with existing organisations (those already
                                  responding). See Appendix 7 for the key messages concerning donations and
                                  volunteers.

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Section 5: Control and Communications
65. Control arrangements
                     The structure for control will be as per the arrangements detailed in the National CDEM
                     Plan. The main difference in this situation is that these arrangements are likely to be
                     disrupted by a major Wellington earthquake. Therefore the following adaptations may
                     be made:
                     a. NCMC location The NCMC will be located in the Beehive, Wellington or at its
                        alternative site in Auckland, depending on the operability of the Wellington
                        site. This will be advised via the National Warning System. Agencies that would
                        normally be represented in the NCMC are requested to provide staff to the
                        alternate NCMC if this is activated.
                     b. Activation of alternate NCMC Following a major Wellington earthquake, if the
                        MCDEM Auckland staff are unable to contact the National Controller, Director or
                        the NCMC (Wellington) within two hours, they will activate the alternate NCMC in
                        Auckland. This will include the appointment of an alternate National Controller.
                     c. NCMC inactive Following a major Wellington earthquake, the NCMC may
                        initially be inactive, depending on the disruption to the NCMC staff and facilities
                        (including the alternative NCMC). Agencies are to operate as tasked in this plan,
                        and to continue to attempt to contact both the main and alternative NCMC.
                        Where necessary, agencies and CDEM Groups are to coordinate activities jointly
                        until the NCMC activates. When the NCMC does activate, it will broadcast this via
                        the National Warning System.
                     d. Agency EOCs Other government agencies may also shift responsibility or
                        relocate to regional offices (most likely Auckland). These must be advised to the
                        NCMC as soon as possible.
                     e. Replacement EOCs Agencies that are unable to operate must inform the
                        NCMC of their status. If this is impossible, the NCMC will assume an agency is
                        inoperable after 24 hours without contact. If considered necessary, the NCMC
                        will gain DESC authorisation to form a replacement EOC from available staff
                        drawn from appropriate agencies, to perform this function.
                     f. National Controller’s tele-conferences These will be held twice daily, at 0930
                        and 1630. All affected CDEM Groups, NWCG, NHCC, TRT, Police, Fire and NZDF
                        are to phone in if not represented in the NCMC (including by satphone). The
                        number will be provided via the National Warning System.

66. Communications
                     a. Response agency emergency contact details A list of telephone, email,
                        satphone and radio contacts of agencies with responsibilities under this plan
                        has been created by MCDEM. This will be made available to these agencies and
                        will be updated as required.
                     b. NCMC communications The NCMC in Wellington will likely only be able to
                        communicate via satellite phone, HF radio and courier only. The alternate NCMC
                        (in Auckland) will have access to email, landline and cellphones.
                     c. Communications failure In the event that national-level communications
                        channels in Wellington fail completely, the NCMC will likely relocate to
                        the alternate site in Auckland. All agencies must provide for alternative
                        communications prior to the emergency. The NCMC will seek to procure
                        additional communications capacity following activation of this plan, but delivery
                        of any additional capacity will likely be delayed past the initial response phase.
                     d. Communications arrangements are detailed in Appendix 1.

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