Be ready for emergencies
The region is no stranger to adverse weather events which cause disruptions.
Who in South Australia would even contemplate a storm would disrupt over a million people because of a power outage?
What about the residents of the Matamata area?
Matamata-Piako District Council Civil Defence adviser Brian Hunter believes emergency services are ready to respond to any emergency nature throws at it.
‘‘Emergencies can happen any time, anywhere and often without warning,’’ said Hunter.
‘‘Storms and floods are the the most likely cause of an emergency in this area.
‘‘You need to know how to get through on your own because in an emergency, civil defence and emergency services and will be busy helping those most in need.’’
Hunter is urging families to make a plan so people know what to do if they can’t get home, can’t contact one another, or can’t get to school to pick the kids up.
It was important to remember emergencies won’t always happen when you’re at home
Hunter says there are a few simple steps people can take to ensure their safety.
‘‘Write down a local and out of town location where you will meet if you can’t get home. Disasters can strike anywhere.’’
‘‘In an emergency you may not be able to contact your family. Choose someone out of town that you can all call to check in with if you can’t reach each other.
‘‘Get in touch with your school and let them know a few people who can pick the kids up if you can’t get there.’’
Don’t forget to take a around and think of others.
Make note of any people who might need your help or could help you in an emergency - neighbours, grandparents or friends.
The more you plan now and involve the family, the less scary it will be when there is an emergency. Hunter said the old days of a meeting place at schools or government buildings are a thing of the past.
‘‘Listen to the radio for advice on where an assembly point is at the time of the emergency.
‘‘Above all, make sure you are prepared,’’ he said. Find out more at www.waikatoregioncdemg.govt.nz/ look