The News Coordination Centre (NCC) will comprise the DECC and the central government press machinery from the Cabinet Office, and will be initiated if the event develops into a national crisis. It will handle media and public information relating to the crisis, and will be responsible for handling the government’s media strategy.
The DECC Upstream Alert Warning System has four Status Levels and provides protocols for a gradual build-up to a full scale crisis, although this system may vary from those adopted by industry, the police and the Security Service. These four Status Levels are ranked according to the severity of the crisis, commencing with WHITE through BLACK (at which level the most significant Upstream DECC actions will take place), to AMBER and then to RED. De-escalation will most likely be to BLACK for at least a short period because of the need to exchange and analyse information about the progress of restoration of supply before the Alert Status reverts to WHITE.
The Network Emergency Co-ordinator (NEC) can declare four Emergency Stages of a Network Gas Supply Emergency (NGSE). Each of these has corresponding possible downstream actions that may be implemented as part to the strategy, subject to authorisation by the NEC, to resolve the emergency. In normal circumstances, the DECC Alert Status roughly conforms to the NEC Emergency Stage as follows;