Auck­lan­ders not ready for erup­tions

Central Leader - - News -

If a vol­cano erupted in Auck­land, only a third of the pop­u­la­tion would be pre­pared.

A new sur­vey shows Auck­land res­i­dents are the least ready for a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

The Col­mar Brun­ton sur­vey looks into the ef­fec­tive­ness of the na­tional Get Ready, Get Thru ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign.

It showed that only 35 per­cent of Auck­land res­i­dents had an emer­gency plan in place for their house­hold, com­pared with the na­tional av er­age of 50 per­cent.

Auck­land civil de­fence and emer­gency man­age­ment group con­troller Harry O’Rourke said the pos­si­bil­ity of an emer­gency, caused by the weather, a vol­canic erup­tion or man-made dis­as­ter should never be dis­missed.

“This win­ter we’ve seen fl ood­ing and ex­treme weather hit the en­tire coun­try, and the Auck­land re­gion civil de­fence emer­gency man­age­ment staff have as­sisted more than 100 peo­ple to evac­u­ate 50 homes across the re­gion be­cause of land­slips.”

For more in­for­ma­tion see www.get­thru. govt.nz.

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