West Coast Emergency Website
Media release 1 – 26 March 2020
Confirmed Case On the West Coast
We can now confirm that there is a case of Covid-19 on the West Coast. Additional details are available from the Ministry of Health website. Now that we know for certain that the virus has reached our region, we must all be exceptionally vigilant in adhering to the restrictions.
Following the below rules will slow down and eventually stop the spread of the virus. The efforts we personally make to slow the virus will not only potentially save lives, but will also help to significantly reduce the demand on the health services here on the West Coast.
Self-isolation means staying at home. The Government has asked all New Zealanders to stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Please only leave your house to:
- Access essential services, like buying groceries, or going to a bank or pharmacy.
- Go to work if you work for an essential service.
- Go for a walk, or exercise and enjoy nature.
If you do leave your house, you must keep a 2 metre distance from other people at all times, only touch items and surfaces when completely necessary, sanitise your hands where possible while out and wash your hands immediately upon returning home.
You may be stopped and questioned by police while out walking or when driving to essential services/work. Please be assured that the purpose of the police presence is to support the public during the Level 4 lockdown. Their aim is to keep us all safe and informed during the Level 4 lockdown, so please feel free to ask them any questions if you see them about.
By making these efforts we can ensure that the cases of COVID-19 in our region are kept to an absolute minimum, and that life will return to normal as soon as possible.
For more information please see www.covid19.govt.nz
Information for a 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.
To find out more about Civil Defence and Emergency Management on the West Coast please go to www.westcoastemergency.govt.nz
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.
This information is useful: http://getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/emergency-survival-items
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.