WREMO is mainly based in the earthquake-resistant WREMO building in Thorndon, and the Hutt City Council's emergency offices. The Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa offices are continuing to operate as satellite offices of WREMO.
The WREMO building is on the corner of Murphy and Turnbull streets in Thorndon.
It was purpose-built in 1995 with its own water, electricity, communications and sewerage facilities. This means that WREMO's communications and essential services can keep operating during a major emergency that affects the city's utilities.
In July and August 2011, we made some internal improvements to the building to increase the building's day-to-day capacity and its ability to respond to a major emergency event.
WREMO is more commonly known as 'Civil Defence' and carries out the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) functions for the Wellington city area.
Wellington's Civic Defence team was formerly known as WEMO (the Wellington Emergency Management Office) before it exanded to became part of WREMO.
The change follows on from a Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management assessment in 2010 of the region's disaster-response capability. The assessment found that there were issues with the coordination of emergency management across the region.
The new approach means that emergency services are able to organise and share resources around the region.
Operating under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002 requirements, WREMO works with emergency services and other CDEM offices. Together we have plans in place to protect people and property in the event of an emergency.
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office