New emergency base for city
Porirua City Council has spent $1.5 million on a new property for the city’s emergency operations centre.
Bought at auction on Thursday, the ‘‘ modern industrial’’ 551 square metre warehouse in Raiha St came with an additional 300sqm office space and 1800sqm yard.
Fit-out costs, estimated to be up to $250k, will be needed and the building will be used for training and to store emergency supplies.
The council may potentially lease space to other emergency organisations for storage, a spokesperson said.
The emergency centre was housed in a central city building in a tsunami danger area, but the council shifted the base to a temporary location after November’s earthquake and floods.
It approved expenditure up to $1.5 million for the purchase at its first meeting on November 30.
Chief executive Wendy Walker said the council had a statutory obligation under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 to maintain, staff and operate an emergency operations centre capable of responding to major emergency events.
‘‘The land [the Raiha St building] stands on has low risk of natural hazards such as liquefaction, ground shaking, flooding and tsunami and the site has been fully endorsed by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office.