Emergency response plan
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.