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Monday, October 16, 2006

Auckland could manage crisis in Wellington

CD Auckland could manage crisis in Wellington

"Auckland City Council says a web-based crisis management system that it plans to have up and running by the end of the month could be used to coordinate the response to an earthquake in Wellington, or any other national emergency.

The offer comes two weeks after the Civil Defence Ministry in Wellington conceded it had made no progress shopping for its own dedicated software system to handle emergencies since cancelling a tender for a National Crisis Management System in 2004.

Auckland's emergency planning manager Jane Lodge hopes the US software system, which is supported in New Zealand and Australia by Wellington firm Critchlow Associates, will be adopted by other regional bodies.

"As far as any national adoption is concerned, we have talked to the ministry about that, and certainly we would be open to some arrangement along those lines," she says"

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