The Web site that tells the world how New Zealand is coping with the Y2K bug has more than held its own, despite taking two million hits from the US and a further one million from New Zealand surfers in the first three hours.
“We’re delighted with the way it’s coped,” says Emergency Management and Civil Defence public affairs manager, David Schnellenberg, who is doubly happy because the EMCD system will be put to use in the post-Y2K world as well.
“We’ve got a system that worked well and we delivered what we set out to – a monitoring system that works.” Schnellenberg says in the future EMCD will be able to communicate civil defence initiatives via its Web site in real time without having to worry if the system can take the strain.
“This is the way of the future for Emergency Management, not only in terms of the system itself but also in terms of the cooperation between agencies. EMCD’s Y2K project meant putting 300 separate agencies to work together.
“It was all voluntary – there was nothing but good will pulling it together.”
“We have changed the way information on future emergencies will be collated and disseminated. More importantly the incident monitoring system heralds a new approach to inter-agency co-operation, dedication and co-ordination. This will revolutionise the way emergencies will be managed in the future,” says John Norton, director of the Ministry for Emergency Management.
In September, EMCD announced it had sold the software package behind the system to the Australian Commonwealth government, following its successful test run.