More than just fit­ness

Civil de­fence ad­vice also be­ing of­fered

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD.

Jetts Porirua manager An­drea Bram­ley is help­ing the public get pre­pared.

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