Be prepared to cope in a disaster
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.