Civil Defence Emergency Management display at Plimmerton Promenade, Beach and Ball (update provided by Alan Reader - posted 19/04/2013)
Martin Cawthorne, Alistair Robb, Dave Lowe, Greg Lemaire and Alan Reader with Trevor Farmer and Rebecca Jackson from Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), set up a Civil Defence display on the school playing field together with Coast Guard and Rotary displaying their emergency response kits for Pacific Islands.
During the day John Wilce and Polly Collier from PCC helped out with answering questions and handing out bags containing home preparation information to visitors.
On show at the Civil Defence display were rainwater collection systems and maps showing the tsunami risk zones for Plimmerton.
Children played a radio game in which they were sent off with a hand-held two-way radio on a mission to find answers to questions passed to them by radio.
No prizes, just fun and judging by the beaming faces they enjoyed the experience.
People were also asked to complete a survey form aimed at finding out how prepared they are at home to cope with an emergency and what services they expect will be set up.
Twenty one forms were returned and the results indicate that many people are prepared at home with:-
The prize of a grab-bag for those who filled in a survey form was drawn by Alan Trist who happened to be in the Big Salami Café on Wednesday 10 April having a quiet cup of coffee. It was won by Gillian Dodson and duly delivered that day.
It is interesting to note that 52 percent expect there will be search and rescue procedure available whilst 57 percent expect an emergency centre would be set up with medical and social services to help people in distress.
These are unrealistic expectations unless there are well trained local people with all the necessary equipment to mobilize such facilities. Porirua is training an emergency response team that does have some equipment, but this is likely to be fully occupied elsewhere.
It is most likely that in the event of an emergency Plimmerton people would have to be self sufficient for a considerable time before such services were brought in and were up and running.
Rebecca Jackson of WREMO has offered to help Plimmerton prepare a CRP (community response plan) which Alan Reader and Dave Lowe have undertaken to pursue.
Initial civil defence planning underway for 2013. If you are keen to be involved in civil defence planning contact Alan Reader email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do in emergencies
Porirua City has a great team working in this area and there is comprehensive information on their website about planning for emergencies. We have extracted information of particular relevance for Plimmerton residents so you know what to do in different sorts of emergencies, what the signals are so you know what is happening, where to muster, how to plan with local information in mind and who the key people are in our area.
There are opportunities for you to be involved in the Red Cross flying squad initiative, learn first aid and be part of the civil defence team.
Don't wait for the shake...read this and plan while you can!
- Disaster planning
- Earthquake preparedness
The Porirua City Council’s emergency management team and the New Zealand Red Cross are working together to boost the city’s capacity to respond to emergency events. Volunteers will learn skills that will make a difference in their communities at critical times, for example welfare, first aid, casualty handling, radio communications, vehicle handling etc. If you wish to volunteer and you are capable, compassionate and can think on your feet, contact Trevor Farmer email@example.com with Red Cross Response Team in the subject line or call 237 1430 or 0275 303 368.
These are your local civil defence centres in the Porirua City area:
- Pukerua Bay School - 89 Rawhiti Rd, Pukerua Bay
- Plimmerton School - School Rd, Plimmerton
- Pauatahanui School - Pauatahanui
- Discovery School - Pullen Lane, Whitby
- Papakowhai School - Spey Place, Papakowhai
- Tairangi School - Omapere St, Waitangirua
- Porirua City Council Depot - Prosser St
- Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Paekakariki Hill Rd
- Titahi Bay Fire Station - Titahi Bay
For more information about civil defence check out www.civildefence.govt.nz
Wellington Region Emergency Planning Guide added 1 October 2010.