Getting ready for when disaster strikes
Get Ready Week is a good time to make sure you and your family are prepared for any sort of disaster.
It’s held to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction on Friday, October 13.
Kaiko¯ura District Council emergency management officer Kd Scattergood said a lot of Kaiko¯ura residents had experienced disaster with the 7.8-magnitude earthquake last year.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, and without warning and emergency services will be busy helping the people who need them most.
Scattergood said people need to keep up-to-date and have a plan. ‘‘Most people will be helped, or be able to help out their neighbours in the first few days, however everyone is responsible for civil defence.’’
‘‘This year’s theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed and I think this a great theme to remind people of the two best tools to reduce stress in an emergency – the radio and neighbours,’’ Scattergood said.
‘‘There are a lot of new people here and new tools for people to get information in a disaster such the national emergency mobile alert plan, which is set to begin in the New Year.’’
A nationwide system for broadcasting public text alerts about emergencies, earthquakes, and hazards to mobile phones is expected to be added to a range of channels currently used to transmit information about emergencies, such as radio, social media, and television.
They can be targeted to areas affected by serious hazards if the phone is on, capable and inside the targeted area.
Scattergood will be at the New World supermarket in the afternoon until Friday with information about preparing for a disaster and prizes.
‘‘We do it every year and try to make it fun so make some time and stop by because everyone gets a prize,’’ she said.
As part of Get Ready Week, Kaiko¯ura District Library will have a display and a scavenger hunt for children. Next Wednesday, Suburban School will host an event for the Kaiko¯ura Flats community to work on their disaster plan.
If you need help planning an event in your neighbourhood, contact Kd Scattergood (03) 319 5026, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.happens.nz.
Kaiko¯ura District Council emergency management officer Kd Scattergood says civil defence is everyone’s responsibility.