Manukau Courier : March 15th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Have we got NEWS for you! News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Our amazing new online editions take the news into a new dimension. Reads like a newspaper with easy-to-read turning pages -- and packed with extra features that connect you to news like never before. News coverage that puts you on the scene with Turn the page to a new era in local news -- the total multi media news experience! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.manukaucourier.co.nz Turn on to our online editions NOW. The latest local news online -- anywhere, anytime. MULTIMEDIA YOUR NEWS Get ready: Auckland mayoress Shan Inglis with daughters Victoria, 11, left, and Olivia, 14, and the emergency Go Pack for their Flat Bush household if a disaster strikes. Photo: KAREN MANGNALL Green light for Browns' pack By KAREN MANGNALL Pray a disaster doesn't hap- pen but prepare for the worst is the new motto for mayor Len Brown's family. They've put together a family survival plan and an emergency Go Pack -- and mayoress Shan Inglis is urg- ingtherestofustodothe same. Until recently the Brown household was like more than 90 percent of Aucklanders -- completely unprepared for a Civil Defence emergency. Before Christchurch I don't think you turned your mind to it really,'' Ms Inglis says. We can't really under- stand what it would be like but we can empathise and, like everyone, our prayers and thoughts are with them.'' The February 22 quake sparked family talks about the risks in Auckland and what they'd do if disaster strikes. We have to accept that Len would be involved in the needs of the city so I need to make sure we as a family have a plan,'' Ms Inglis says. Daughters Victoria, 11, and Olivia, 14, have been told if disaster strikes while they're at school to stay there until Ms Inglis gets to them. If it were to happen at home we'd gather up the children and my mother and find the safest place in the house to be.'' Along with a gas barbecue for cooking, the household Go Pack is a fairly good start'' for surviving until help arrives. Disaster will always take us by surprise no matter how well prepared we are, Ms Inglis says. But thinking ahead and talking about it at home, work and school could mean a lot'', reducing panic and making responses more automatic. And I think helping one another and being kind to one another is probably as important -- and having faith,'' Ms Inglis says. By KAREN MANGNALL TOP AUCKLAND DISASTER RISKS This risk ranking combines the likelihood of a hazard occuring and its impact. Very high risk: Power failure (possible/ catastrophic) Human epidemic (possible/catastrophic) Distant volcanic eruption (likely/major) Cyclone (likely/major) Flooding (almost certain/ moderate) Erosion: Coastal cliff (almost certain/moderate) Erosion: Landslide (almost certain/moderate) High risk: Auckland volcanic eruption (rare/ catastrophic) Animal epidemic (possible/major) Aircraft crash (possible/ major) Earthquake (unlikely/ major) Hazardous spill (likely/ moderate) The lowest-ranked risks are a dam failure, marine crash, rural fire and tornado. Source: Draft 2010-15 Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Plan. MAYOR Len Brown is calling for an Auckland-wide disas- ter preparedness day'' in the wake of the devastating Christchurch earthquake. Getting Auckland better equipped to cope with a disas- ter is something that needs to be done with some urgency'', he says. Auckland's preparedness at an organisational level is brilliant but for the mums and dads in particular, it's not brilliant.'' His own family was among the 93 percent of Aucklanders unprepared for an emergency before the Christchurch quake. Never thought about it before. Should have, didn't.'' All Aucklanders need to make sure they're ready for a Civil Defence emergency, Mr Brown says. Christchurch looked like it was reasonably well prepared and even so it's been hard.'' Mr Brown wants an Auck- land preparedness day within the next month to six weeks while the tragedy of Christ- church is still fresh in the mind of the kids''. The event could also be used to publicise Auckland's new five-year Civil Defence plan now open for public com- ment. In school and in business places we might spend half an hour briefly talking about preparedness for an emerg- ency.'' Ethnic communities and new migrants will need special help, Manukau coun- cillor Alf Filipaina says. My family doesn't have an emergency Civil Defence plan or an emergency kit and we understand English.'' Mr Brown says helping organise that sort of day of preparedness'' will be one of the first tasks of the Auck- land Council's new Pacific and ethnic advisory panels. Meanwhile, a mid-week Civil Defence exercise to practise operational liaison, evacuation, welfare plans and recovery'' has been postponed because of Christchurch. But we have effectively activated that because of Christchurch,'' Auckland Civil Defence controller Clive Manley says. The adoption by Christ- church of the new supercity Civil Defence model of one council and organisation'' has proven very effective so far, he says. It's given us confidence in our ability to respond,'' he says. But we're never ready enough as far as public edu- cation goes.'' Click on Group Plan at www. aucklandcivildefence.org.nz to comment on Auckland's draft Civil Defence plan. Our time to prepare Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to view mayoress Shan Inglis on getting ready to survive a disaster.
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