Be pre­pared to cope in a disas­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

LAST week’s earth­quake in Christchurch is a timely re­minder of how disas­ter can strike at any time – so you, your fam­ily and your house need to be pre­pared.

There are about 15,000 recorded earth­quakes in New Zealand ev­ery year, with be­tween 100 and 150 big enough or shal­low enough to be felt. The rea­son for this ac­tiv­ity is our po­si­tion on the boundary of the Aus­tralian and Pa­cific tec­tonic plates.

Be­neath our feet, these huge slabs of the planet’s crust are grind­ing to­gether in three dis­tinct ways.

To the east of the North Is­land the Pa­cific plate is be­ing sub­ducted (drawn be­neath) the Aus­tralian plate. Un­der the South Is­land the two plates push past each other side­ways and to the south of the coun­try the Aus­tralian plate is be­ing sub­ducted be­neath the Pa­cific plate. start drain­ing. Open the drain valve at the bot­tom of the cylin­der and col­lect from the drainage point out­side and near the cylin­der.

Have flex­i­ble gas and plumb­ing fit­tings in­stalled (by a trades­per­son).

Se­cure your chim­ney with gal­vanised metal an­gles and bands at top, ceil­ing line and bot­tom. Bolt these through the cladding to rafters or ceil­ing joists.

Brace the part above roofline.

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