Tangaroa tests tsunami response capabilities
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.’’