15 April 2013 - Heavy Rain for Bay of Plenty. MetService have issued a heavy rain warning for the hills and ranges of Bay of Plenty from 9pm Monday where up to 150mm may accumulate. People in these areas are advised rivers and streams may rise rapdily, slips and surface flooding are possible. Visit the MetService for latest information.
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Visit the NZ Shakeout site to learn more about earthquake hazards in your region and why you should Drop, Cover and Hold during an earthquake. Thank you to all those who participated with us in the first ever Shakeout.
By making a disaster plan for your family and pets, your pet may actually end up saving your life; as you and your pet will be well prepared to evacuate fast or stay put, with sufficient supplies when a disaster strikes. A plan will help stop delays or panicked wrong decisions that could end up putting your lives (and others) at risk. Check out everything you need to know at WSPA - Animals Matter in Disasters
Civil Defence Guidelines
NOTE: Listen to your radio (1XX) for further information or take instructions given to you by Civil Defence or the Emergency Services at the time.
Be Prepared - Act now
You could be on your own for up to three days and could be without water, sanitation, phone electricity and other services. You must know what to do before you have to do it.
Civil Defence Instructions
Civil Defence is made up of volunteers from the local community.
The main functions are:
Operations The Opotiki Civil Defence Headquarters will be set up in the District Council offices, St John Street, Opotiki. Here we collect and evaluate information about the disaster and coordinates the response. The Headquarters group is made up of people from various emergency services such as Police, Fire, etc and includes representatives of Council such as the Mayor.
Welfare The Welfare section is responsible for the wellbeing of evacuated people, and it is this section's responsibility to feed, clothe, accommodate and provide counselling where required.
Keep together a supply of
Try This At night, close all your curtains - turn off lights and see if you can locate the above items in the dark.
Opotiki Civil Defence Welfare Centres
Opotiki Civil Defence have three designated Welfare Centres. They are :
Others are set up as and when needed but may include as below :
Emergency Check List
(Use this check list in conjunction with the survival kit)
For further information and advice, contact : OPOTIKI CIVIL DEFENCE HEAD QUARTERS Telephone : 07 315-6168
When Disaster Strikes
Send a group (minimum of two, and preferably the home owner) around to each house to turn off all power and gas, and to set upright any freezers and fridges. Put back any spilled food and close immediately. Check for structural damage and rope off any building if in any doubt of its soundness. DO NOT enter any building that is obviously unsound.
Food Collect all perishable foods from refrigerators, cupboards, etc, but do not open freezers. Collect firewood. Try to make your life as comfortable as possible. Use common sense with open fires. Beware of gas leaks.
Once the perishable food is finished, open freezers and begin to use contents. Use tinned food last of all.
Water Hot water cylinders are full of usable water. There is normally a drain tap on the bottom of the tank and a pipe leading outside that can be used to extract this water.
If there are no chemicals in the toilet cisterns, there are a few litres of water that can be used. Do not flush toilets until you know the state of the sewers and the water availability.
Rainwater can be collected by channelling the downpipe into a container, or by erecting a canvas sheet on an angle to funnel into containers.
Streams may be contaminated and should not be used until declared safe by the health authorities.
Use water from swimming and spa pools for washing. Boil uncovered for five minutes before drinking or cooking.
How to Purify Water
If you have water pressure after a quake, start running some water into additional containers. It can be stored and purified later for drinking. The water from taps may become contaminated. Water can be safety stored in plastic jugs. Water storage in a non-food container is not recommended. Change the water every six months and date the bottles.
Boiling - boil vigorously for three to five minutes.
Purification Tablets - available from chemists. Follow directions on pack.
Bleach Purification - liquid household bleach can also be used. It must contain hypochlorite, preferably 5.25%. Add bleach according to table below, stir well.
Get a bin liner, rubbish bin, toilet seat (or couple of planks), bleach, telephone book and spade.
Use pages from telephone phone book for toilet paper. Put liner into the bin add bleach, put toilet seat or planks on top. When the bag is full, tie up and bury underground.
Moving Back Home
If your home has sustained damage you may not be able to move back until it has been inspected for damage by qualified persons. You may not be able to begin repairs until an insurance assessor has made a report. This does not mean that you cannot begin cleaning-up. Obtain your guide to earthquake cover from your insurance company.
During An Earthquake
After An Earthquake
Listen to your nearest radio station (1XX) for instruction.
If evacuating, refer to Evacuation Procedure above.
During a flood
NOTE: If leading up to or during emergency if you hear a siren of any kind this does not mean evacuate your home.
It simply means listen to your radio (1XX) for further information on take instructions given to you by Civil Defence on the Emergency Services at the time.
During a storm
After a storm
NOTE: You may be advised to evacuate before an eruption. You will be advised as to where you will be required to go.
Things to do
Things Not To Do
Vegetation Fires spread by dry grasses, fern, scrub, and gorse.
What to do when caught by a vegetation fire
In a house (after dialling 111 and asking for Fire Service)
In a Car
Sun 98 FM
The Siren Means
If No Instructions Given
View the Civil Defence Guidelines