October 1997

Chapter 11: Civil Emergency Planning

Civil Emergency Crisis Cell

1121. The CEP crisis management arrangements available to the SCEPC include establishment of a 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. Ultimately, there may be a gradual expansion of the number of experts, and organization of the experts into specialized sections of the CECC. This could result, if warranted, in the re-establishment of NCWAs.

1122. When the Council/DPC or the Secretary General determines that the Alliance is entering a period of tension or crisis, the Director of CEP, on behalf of the SCEPC, will take the appropriate steps to establish the CECC at NATO Headquarters. Personnel from the IS Logistics Directorate and the IMS Logistics, Armaments & Resources Division, are included in the manning of the CECC.


1123. In a crisis the CECC, regardless whether it has been expanded or not, may have all or certain of the following responsibilities:

  • monitoring and evaluating the situation, providing a basis for policy decisions by higher NATO authorities;
  • advising the Council/DPC, the SCEPC or other appropriate NATO bodies and NATO member nations on ways how best to use available civil resources in a given situation;
  • maintaining liaison with national delegations at NATO Headquarters and, on behalf of the SCEPC, establishing liaison with international organizations, civil transport organizations, etc.;
  • preparing items for discussion and consultation in the SCEPC (e.g. expansion of the CECC);
  • taking the appropriate staff action following decisions taken in the Council/DPC or the SCEPC;
  • on the basis of the Civil Situation Reports (CIVSITREPs) from nations issuing civil situation assessments and contributing to the situation briefings at Council/DPC, MC and SCEPC;
  • based on political decision, assuming operational function(s) for brokering/contracting/allocating civil resources (e.g. transport), as appropriate;
  • preparing for the transition to the operation of the NCWAs.

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