Wellington City Council Emergency Management Office (WEMO)
WEMO is a Wellington City Council facility that is tasked with helping Wellington prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.
It operates under the requirements of the New Zealand Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002. On a daily basis, WEMO works to manage emergency risks through planning, training and exercises.
In any event that requires the coordination of a range of emergency agencies, or a declared disaster under the Civil Defence Act, WEMO will be fully activated. Under the leadership of the Controller, the office becomes a nerve centre where critical decisions can be made in consultation with emergency services and others involved in disaster response.
The WEMO building has been purpose-built with its own water, electricity, communications and sewerage facilities to ensure communications and essential services can continue to operate in the event of an emergency or disaster. It was completed in 1996 at the cost of NZ$1.9 million.
The Wellington Emergency Management Office holds a variety of exercises, from small exercises for our volunteers to full-scale exercises that incorporate all of the Councilís Crisis Management Team, plus other Council staff and outside agencies, such as Emergency Services and Lifelines Groups. Specialist community disaster preparedness programmes including exercises are developed with schools and other organisations.