Emer­gency re­sponse plan

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Te Puke has up­dated its Civil De­fence Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Plan to pre­pare the com­mu­nity for a ma­jor emer­gency or nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

Te Puke is vul­ner­a­ble to haz­ards in­clud­ing flood­ing, earth­quake, wild fire, toxic gas emis­sions and vol­canic erup­tion — as well a tsunami that could re­sult in an in­flux of peo­ple need­ing shel­ter and as­sis­tance.

The plan out­lines how the com­mu­nity would come to­gether in an emer­gency, how peo­ple would help each other, pull re­sources to­gether and share in­for­ma­tion. The com­mu­nity re­sponse plan is a key ac­tion in the in the Te Puke 20-Year De­vel­op­ment Plan. A work­ing group led by Board Chair Peter Miller has pre­pared the plan with sev­eral com­mu­nity meet­ings and sup­port from Emer­gency Man­age­ment Bay of Plenty.

“The main aim of the plan is to en­sure that our com­mu­nity can suc­cess­fully get through the first three or four days of an emer­gency with­out hav­ing to rely on out­side help,” Mr Miller said.

Emer­gency re­sponse cen­tres are at Te Puke War Memo­rial Hall, Te Puke Bap­tist Church and Te Puke Or­chard Church

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Com­mu­nity Re­silience Ad­viser Theo Ur­sum says when dis­as­ter strikes it’s the com­mu­nity that’s first to re­spond.

“No one knows a com­mu­nity bet­ter than the peo­ple who live and work in it. Te Puke is a proac­tive com­mu­nity,” Mr Ur­sum said. He urges ev­ery­one to have a per­sonal emer­gency plan.

■ The Com­mu­nity Guide to Emer­gen­cies pam­phlet is avail­able at Coun­cil’s of­fice in Te Puke. Sign up for Bay of Plenty Civil De­fence text alerts at www.bop­civilde­fence.govt.nz. The team also has a Face­book page.

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