Be aware, prepare
There’s nothing like an earthquake to raise community awareness of the need to be prepared for such emergencies. And it was on the heels of the Christchurch earthquake devastation that National Get Ready Week emphasised that message.
National Get Ready Week is an annual campaign led by the Ministry of Civil Defence to raise awareness of key civil defence messages.
Radio and television adverts encourage communities and businesses to be better prepared for civil defence emergencies by stocking enough supplies for several days.
South Waikato District Council civil defence manager Miles Crawford was very visible in the Tokoroa Warehouse carpark with the Civil Defence canteen trailer last week, serving tea, coffee and sausages as well pamphlets to refer to when preparing for a civil defence emergency.
‘‘It was pleasing to see that a large number of people took the time to wander over, have a chat and take note of some of the more important elements like having three litres of water for each family member per day for three days,’’ Mr Crawford said.
‘‘It’s great to see the profile of civil defence increasing but there is still a long way to go.’’
Running in conjunction with Get Ready Week was the Are you Prepared? competition advertised in the South Waikato News for a twoperson survival kit valued at more than $200.
SWDC received more than 150 entries for the competition with the winner, Mario Van Der Putten drawn on Friday afternoon.