Web-based software to boost Civil Defence

Internal Affairs to evaluate emergency management information system

New Zealand's readiness for a major civil defence emergency could be about to get a boost from a new software investment.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is preparing to evaluate a web-based civil defence emergency management information system (EMIS).

The software will support the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) which facilitates the whole-of-government response to national and regional emergencies.

However, documents released by DIA on behalf of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management note that it is expected that the EMIS will be available to local civil defence groups and to local authorities as well.

The software should provide a "secure, centralised facility for information gathering and management, strategic level oversight, decision making, and co-ordination of national responses", the documents say.

The DIA is seeking expressions of interest in providing a "commercial off-the-shelf" web-based EMIS, configuration, deployment training and support.

The EMIS must be able to manage multiple emergency events simultaneously. The infrastructure needed to support the system is to be purchased and installed at the NCMC in Wellington and at the DIA’s disaster recovery site in Auckland.

A workflow module in the software should be available to support response activities initiated by the NCMC. Any uncompleted tasks should trigger automated reminders. The system should also include a reporting module that assists in the creation of situation reports, media reports and action plans.

Status board and GIS integration are also expected.

The director of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management is responsible for directing and controlling the resources available for civil defence emergency management and for providing advice and reports to the minister.

A request of proposal (tender) is scheduled for August and a contract for November.

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