Plan ahead for tsunami threat

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Hav­ing a plan in place in the event of a tsunami is a wise move.

The tsunami threat trig­gered by the Septem­ber 2 earth­quake off the North Is­land’s east coast is a timely re­minder for Auck­lan­ders to make sure they have an emer­gency plan in place.

‘‘It’s up to each in­di­vid­ual to act now and have a plan to look af­ter them­selves if a tsunami, or any other emer­gency strikes,’’ Auck­land Coun­cil’s civil de­fence and emer­gency man­age­ment di­rec­tor John Drag­ice­vich says.

‘‘This in­cludes know­ing what to do, where to go and where to meet up with fam­ily and friends.’’

Auck­land is un­der con­stant threat of a tsunami and there are some sim­ple steps that ev­ery­one can fol­low, Drag­ice­vich says.

Steps to fol­low in­clude know­ing your tsunami zone, your eval­u­a­tion point, know­ing where to meet your fam­ily and friends, and sign­ing up with Civil De­fence to get alerts.

Nor­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels might not be work­ing and peo­ple should also in­clude in their plan­ning their neigh­bours and peo­ple who might need help if there is an emer­gency, Drag­ice­vich says.

Go to auck­land­civilde­fence.org.nz more in­for­ma­tion. for

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