More than just fitness
Civil defence advice also being offered
A Porirua gym is helping the public get prepared by offering free civil defence advice.
Jetts Porirua manager Andrea Bramley said it was a bit geeky but she just wanted the community to be prepared should there be an emergency.
The idea came after the recent flooding that affected many of Bramley’s friends and members of the gym. The gym also flooded.
‘‘ Knowing that people are safe is important to me. This is our little touch and our way of being a community hub,’’ Bramley said.
Although the start-up civil defence kits are empty, they do come with much needed advice on what to fill them with.
Bramley said more than 100 people had visited the gym for advice and had picked up a free kit.
‘‘ Some people have questioned why we are doing this, because it has nothing to do with being a gym. I just think it will take the stress factor out of getting prepared.
‘‘After the floods a lot of people were probably thinking they should get prepared. This is our way of helping.’’
A demonstration kit is on display at Jetts Porirua and includes water, nonperishable food items like protein bars, first-aid kits, a torch and warm clothes.
Noel Leeming Porirua has teamed up with Jetts Porirua and will be offering a wind-up torch for $20 with mention of this article. The torches normally sell for $50.
Jetts Porirua manager Andrea Bramley is helping the public get prepared.