October 1997

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.


  1. 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.

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