The Civil Emergency Planning Committee (CEPC) is operating within the context of the political pillar of NATO; all the countries of the alliance are represented in it. The Euro Atlantic Partnership Countries (EAPC) are also participating in CEPC.
In the context of CEPC are operating four sub-committees, which have been recently merged into each other and are the following:
• Civil Protection Group (CPG)
• Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group (IRCSG)
• Public Health and Food/ Water Group (PHFWG).
The CEPC is providing directions on policy and planning issues in emergency cases and also coordinates a broad spectrum of the Alliance’s supportive projects through its above-mentioned sub-committees and working groups specially formulated for various issues.
The Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) is the competent agency for the coordination of the procedures and actions of all the parties involved. Its competent Department is observing the activities of the above-mentioned Committees, while the General Secretariat for Civil Protection is actively involved in the works of the Civil Protection Group (CPG) and closely works with the other NATO member states.
The Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center (EADRCC), which comprises NATO’s mechanism for the response to natural and technological disasters, is also operating under CEPC. The Operation Centre of EADRCC is operating on a 24-hour basis and closely working with the contact points of the member states of the Alliance.