Staff on stand by for Cantab

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato District Coun­cil has com­mit­ted $10,000 from the May­oral Fund to the Christchurch earth­quake dis­as­ter and has staff on stand by to help out.

The do­na­tion is part of a to­tal of more than $170,000 be­ing gifted by Waikato ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­i­ties to earth­quake re­lief – along with other coun­cils in the re­gion.

The Waikato Re­gional Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment Group is co-or­di­nat­ing staff from across the Waikato to en­sure that rel­e­vant peo­ple are sent as and when re­quired. A process SWDC is sup­port­ing.

‘ ‘ At this stage build­ing in­spec­tors across the coun­try are be­ing called in to as­sess govern­ment build­ings, com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and pri­vate homes in an ef­fort to get peo­ple back into their homes and busi­nesses back up and run­ning,’’ SWDC group man­ager en­vi­ron­ment Sharon Robin­son said. ‘‘ Our team is on stand by.’’

Mayor Neil Sin­clair said the earth­quake was ‘‘a stark re­minder that we live in a coun­try that reg­u­larly faces dis­as­ters that have the po­ten­tial to cause dis­rup­tion, dam­age prop­erty and take lives.

‘‘It should also re­mind res­i­dents to have their own house­hold emer­gency plan and emer­gency check­list ready and up to date,’’ he said.

SWDC will be run­ning a pro­mo­tional cam­paign over the next few weeks pro­mot­ing be­ing pre­pared for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

A House­hold Emer­gency Check­list and a House­hold Emer­gency Plan are avail­able on the Civil De­fence web­site at www.get­

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