Get­ting ready for when dis­as­ter strikes

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

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 kd.scat­ter­good@kaik­oura.govt.nz or go to www.hap­pens.nz.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Kaiko¯ura District Coun­cil emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cer Kd Scat­ter­good says civil de­fence is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

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