Stuart-Black said MCDEM
was a comparatively small agency of about 40 people, but all "were passionate about making a difference to to the lives of people in our country, to helping fulfil the vision of a resilient New Zealand and becoming a world leader in emergency management".
The scenario in Exercise Ruaumoko focused on the lead-up to a volcanic eruption in the Auckland metropolitan area, and the exercise was the first full test of the AVSAG advisory process (see reviews in MCDEM, 2008b; McDowell, 2008;
Suggested improvements included adjustments to the finer details of the advisory process and structure to encourage more integration between the different subgroups of the AVSAG, to prevent a disconnect between local and national advice provision to the Auckland GEOC and NCMC, and to ensure that the science advice and science research response, capability, and process, remain integrated (Cronin, 2008; MCDEM, 2008b; McDowell, 2008; Smith, 2009).
MCDEM, CDEM, emergency and protective services, lifelines, etc.
Participants were directed to the online survey tool through a snowball approach via email contact with individuals in each organisation, and through advertisement in bulletins and on on-line notice boards, such as the MCDEM e-bulletin, the international 'Volcano Listserv' (run by Arizona State University), the bulletin board of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Network (CEMR), and in the Oceania newsletter of the International Association of Emergency Managers.