February Severe Weather Event – Support Available
West Coast Emergency Website
West Coast Civil Defence advise people to have emergency supplies for at least 7 days available which is food, water, medical supplies and cash. We strongly urge people to be prepared – have a ‘grab bag’ with you at your place of work, and make a plan for what you do if you are at home. Please check on elderly neighbours, family and friends.
A message from Claire Brown, our Emergency Management Officer —
“I hope you spend some time reviewing or creating your own preparedness plans, for home and work. This information is useful: http://getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/emergency-survival-items
Civil Defence Event
It is important that if it is safe to do so, you remain in your own home. You and your families will be more comfortable at home and that is why your own preparedness planning is vital.
If it is necessary to evacuate people because of hazard threat, damage to homes or because people are temporarily misplaced /unable to access their homes, then Civil Defence facilities will be established across the Westland district. Either or both “Emergency Management Centres” for gathering of emergency staff and provision of information to all agencies including the media, and “Welfare Centres” for registration and accommodation of temporarily misplaced persons will be opened.
These types of facilities will be opened by Civil Defence according to the needs that have arisen because of the event. The facilities will be staffed by Emergency Management professionals and local volunteers.
This is a list of possible facilities for such use. However in reality the Civil Defence team will open up facilities that best fit the needs of the situation. The facility will have to be in the right location and be safe (including sanitary). It is unlikely that all of the places on this list will be opened. It also may be necessary to establish a centre somewhere else not on this list.
The opening of facilities and their location will be widely communicated to the community at the time.
How to Obtain Information in an Emergency
- Listen to your local radio stations – view a listing of West Coast radio stations here.
- If possible, check the West Coast emergency website and the West Coast Emergency Facebook page for updates.