Civil De­fence web­site up­graded

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A new-look web­site launched by the Waikato Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment Group pro­vides peo­ple with im­proved ac­cess to valu­able in­for­ma­tion to get through a disas­ter.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil staff have re­de­vel­oped the waika­tore­gion­cdemg. govt. nz web­site for the civil de­fence group to pro­vide im­proved func­tion­al­ity for the pub­lic and emer­gency re­sponse sec­tor.

‘‘By go­ing to the home page of the web­site peo­ple will be able to im­me­di­ately de­ter­mine if there is an event the group is re­spond­ing to,’’ said Group Con­troller Lee Ha­zle­wood.

‘‘For any event – such as a tsunami, earth­quake, vol­canic erup­tion or flood – with just one click peo­ple will then be able to find in one place any re­lated me­dia and com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘The group site has been de­vel­oped in- house, and be­cause there are a num­ber of peo­ple across the re­gional coun­cil al­ready do­ing web edit­ing, it means we have a much larger pool of peo­ple fa­mil­iar with our web sys­tem who can quickly and ef­fi­ciently up­date and cus­tomise our in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in an event when we might need to op­er­ate around the clock to pro­vide peo­ple with timely in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice.’’

A sub­scrip­tion ser­vice has been en­abled on the web­site, so peo­ple are able to subscribe to re­ceive email no­ti­fi­ca­tions when new in­for­ma­tion is posted, in­clud­ing on the events and me­dia re­lease pages.

Peo­ple also have ac­cess to ra­dio fre­quen­cies for key sta­tions op­er­at­ing in the re­gion, so they can keep up to date with the lat­est warn­ings, ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to a civil de­fence re­sponse.

‘‘We have also de­vel­oped a fun on­line tool which helps peo­ple to learn about the haz­ards in the Waikato and what you should do be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter an event.

‘‘It al­lows kids and adults to pick a haz­ard and test how much they know. ‘‘We hope it will en­cour­age peo­ple to look through the web­site to find out more about the haz­ards and risks in the Waikato re­gion and then take the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure they are pre­pared,’’ he said.

‘‘The Waikato is vul­ner­a­ble to all the haz­ards, so it is im­por­tant peo­ple do take the time to find out as much as they can about the risks and ways they can pre­pare for them,’’ Mr Ha­zle­wood said.

Keep up to date with the lat­est in­for­ma­tion by vis­it­ing the Face­book page, www.face­toCivilDe­fence or check­ing out the web­site, www. waika­tore­gion­cdemg. Or fol­low on Twit­ter: @CivilDe­fenceWKT

Fam­ily af­fair: War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Bren­don McDon­ald, and his nephew, Sap­per Chad McDon­ald with the Pa­cific Part­ner­ship Mis­sion Com­man­der.

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