Manukau Courier : March 11th 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 11, 2011 NEWS Don't miss this Sunday's... SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. n Travel by Tweet - An English journalist takes a tour of NZ guided only by Twitter n The jig's up - The rise and fall of Irish dancing n Blue Valentine - An interview with the director of this cautionary tale n Colourful contradictions - A surprising journey through China n Sounds and visions - A delicious 36 hours in Marlborough n Waste Not, Want Not - Luke Dallow on his home garden delights PLUS it is your final chance to WIN A VOLVO S60 worth $63,990 RRP! ESCAPE The best of travel, food, wellbeing and entertainment. March 13, 2011 Theris ea ndfall of Irish dancing The jig's up Tiki-touring by Twitter Direc tor Derek Cia nfrance tellsac a utio n arytale Blue Valentine @NEW ZEALAND Katie New ton's swishy skirts and dresses For pleat s sake Disaster plans in the pipeline Getting ready: Wiri business improvement district manager Audrey Williams, chairman Shaun Jackson, member John Hewlett and the area's more than 300 businesses are creating one of Auckland's first neighbourhood response plans for surviving a natural or man-made disaster. Photo: KAREN MANGNALL By KAREN MANGNALL Imagine this: The Wiri oil pipeline explodes. A weather bomb cuts your power or floods your street. The business next door that uses toxic chemicals goes up in flames. What do you do? Those are the questions the Wiri business improvement district's nearly 500 business and property owner are grappling with for their Civil Defence neighbourhood response plan. Manager Audrey Williams says Wiri is one of the first business areas in Auckland to be asked by mayor Len Brown to prepare such a plan. The raft of man-made hazards facing the area is quite scary'' even without considering natural disas- ters, she says. We were picked because of our proximity to the airport and the oil terminal. If there's a fire there, my whole area has to evacuate and we have no plan on how to do that.'' The district includes businesses ranging from sole operators to big companies like Bluebird, Ullrich Aluminium and Ports of Auckland's inland railhead. You'll find the bigger companies have all that in writing somewhere but a lot of Mum and Dad busi- nesses would never have thought about it. How they would find out about an emergency and make decisions -- whether to shut the doors and go home, stay around, turn the gas off -- I don't know. And that's what we're looking at.'' The initial response was luke- warm but after the Christchurch earthquake they're taking it seriously, BID chairman Shaun Jackson says. Apart from the bigger Wiri companies most don't have their own emergency response plan either for their business or at home'', he says. A lot of people, including myself, don't have a pack set up.'' Neighbourhood response plans are a response to that abysmal'' level of readiness among Auck- landers, Civil Defence controller Clive Manley says. Initially 28 communities have been earmarked for neighbourhood response plans. Two plans are com- plete and another six are under way. Each community identifies the threats they face and their likely effects, what resources they can draw on in an emergency and how to co-ordinate them. It's a very practical plan for how to survive three days with no water or power or food supply to give time for Civil Defence to mobilise.'' Wiri businesses and residents can contact Ms Williams at manager@ wiribiz.org.nz or call 268-0212 for more information about the plan. PLANNING Developing ''a web of local neighbourhood response plans across Auckland'' is a key feature of the region's Civil Defence plan under review. The second Auckland Civil Defence emergency management plan will come into effect from June and the draft is now open for public submissions. Emergency co-ordination centre manager Ben Stallworthy says they're keen to hear what people think about creating their own local plans. Neighbourhood response plans mark a ''significant change'' in the way Civil Defence activities are conducted in Auckland. The emergency management plan is drawn up every five years by the public and private organisations involved in Civil Defence in Auckland. It describes how they'll work together in a large emergency and the steps they'll take to prepare themselves and the community for the hazards facing Auckland. The plan identifies and ranks those hazards ranging from power failures, storms, tsunamis and drought to volcanic eruptions, epidemics and toxic fires. It looks at the likely effects of those hazards, at ways of reducing the risks of them occurring and at how to respond immediately and then manage the recovery if they do. The draft plan is open for public submission until April 3. Copies are at libraries and at www.aucklandcivildefence.org. nz/Group-Plan/.
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