Chapter 11: Civil Emergency Planning
CEP Crisis Management Arrangements
1119. In a period of tension or crisis, which is most likely to
be under peacetime legal conditions, the Council or Defence
Planning Committee (DPC) will be concerned with a wide variety
of diplomatic, economic, military and civil preparedness activities.
In discharging its responsibilities, the Council/DPC will be
supported at NATO Headquarters by the Military Committee (MC),
the Political Committee, the Alerts Committee and the SCEPC.
1120. Depending on the requirements of a particular crisis,
the new CEP crisis management arrangements available to
the SCEPC include, but are not limited to, the following:
- advice to the SCEPC by Chairmen of PB&Cs;
- call-up of high level experts to evaluate the situation
and to advise the Council and the SCEPC;
- establishment of a Civil Emergency Crisis Cell (CECC)
to be manned by personnel from NATO Headquarters (IS
and IMS), the PB&Cs and by experts from
business/industry and government/administration, as appropriate;
- gradual expansion of the number of experts and,
if necessary, organization of the experts in specialized
sections of the CECC; and
- re-establishment of NATO Civil Wartime
Agencies (NCWAs) (1), if warranted.
These agencies are subsidiary bodies of the NAC and may be activated in time of war, or when conflict appears imminent. They coordinate civil transport, supplies, and refugee movements.