Be aware, pre­pare

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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