Quake a timely reminder for us to be prepared
MP for TAUPO
The Canterbury earthquake has devastated Christchurch and surrounding areas.
Families have been shaken physically and emotionally, and many have lost valuable possessions. Thousands of homes have been damaged – some beyond repair.
Buildings have collapsed, roads have been ripped apart, and people have been injured. It’s amazing that nobody was killed.
Strong aftershocks have left hundreds of thousands of people with shattered nerves and little sleep.
But this disaster has shown us that in the worst of times, you see the best of New Zealand.
Family, friends, and neighbours are looking after one another and making sure that all those in the community are safe.
I have been impressed with the local support around our community. We will all have friends or family who have been affected by the earthquake and I have had a high number of inquiries from people wanting to offer their support.
My office staff in Taupo, Tokoroa and Cambridge have offered to help the offices in Canterbury over the next few months.
The earthquake also serves as a timely reminder for the rest of NZ to make sure you are prepared.
Last year Taupo experienced two Civil Defence emergencies which saw a range of resources being used.
The Waihi slips and the closure of the Napier-Taupo Road in 2009 highlighted that natural disasters can occur anywhere and anytime and we all need to be prepared.
Take the time to put together some essentials for an emergency. Visit www.civildefence.govt.nz to find out what you and your family need to get through the first few days of an emergency.
The Canterbury rebuild will be a long process that will need our support for a while to come.
With determination, patience, and the support of all New Zealanders, Christchurch will rebuild – brick by brick – and continue to prosper into the future.
My thoughts are with the people of Canterbury as they begin to recover and rebuild after this frightening experience.
WAKE UP CALL: MP Louise Upston said the Christchurch earthquake is a reminder to South Waikato to be prepared.