FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

To­day on P23 we launch a new col­umn from the Welling­ton Re­gion Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice on get­ting pre­pared for a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

Af­ter the Novem­ber quake and floods it is ap­par­ent that many house­holds are not pre­pared for the worst.

It was high­lighted again by this week’s tragic plane crash near Gis­borne. The crash took out pow­er­lines to the city, which had to cope for two days with­out any elec­tric­ity.

The rush to ser­vice sta­tions to stock up on gas bot­tles and other sup­plies high­lights that many have ques­tions on what be­ing pre­pared means. Should you have bot­tled wa­ter or a tank? Should you have a store of pre­pared food or just buy more? What do you need in a first aid kit?

The col­umn will en­deav­our to an­swer all these ques­tions and more. If there is a par­tic­u­lar is­sue that you want dis­cussed in the col­umn, email wremo@gw.govt.nz.

— Amy Jack­man, News Ed­i­tor Com­mu­ni­ties

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