Tan­garoa tests tsunami re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The South Waikato was over­whelmed with refugees fol­low­ing a tsunami last month – but don’t worry, it was all part of a test.

On Oc­to­ber 20, South Waikato Civil De­fence joined its Waikato Re­gional Civil De­fence part­ners to take part in the na­tional civil de­fence ex­er­cise: Tan­garoa.

The ex­er­cise tested the re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties of emer­gency agen­cies and coun­cils to a tsunami wave of up to eight me­tres hit­ting our shores.

‘‘Be­cause we live in the mid­dle of the coun­try the fo­cus for the South Waikato dur­ing this emer­gency [ex­er­cise] was to act in a wel­fare role,’’ SWDC civil de­fence man­ager Miles Craw­ford said.

In the ex­er­cise the South Waikato com­mit­ted to re­ceiv­ing more than 2500 peo­ple evac­u­ated from the Coro­man­del and the west coast, peo­ple who would have been housed in ho­tels, marae, church halls and schools in the district.

‘‘It was great to be part of a large na­tional ex­er­cise,’’ Mr Craw­ford said. ‘‘And I look for­ward to us­ing what we learned to im­prove South Waikato’s civil de­fence ar­range­ments.’’

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