Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Cyclone Holly on its way

May 19, 2004

Cyclone Holly on its way

Cyclone Holly has swept across North Shore City, leaving death and devastation in its wake. Three people have been killed, roofs have been ripped off, and 300 homes need to be evacuated.

What happens now?

Just as they will do in a major training exercise based around this scenario on Monday, May 24, North Shore Civil Defence would take charge and bring together the extra resources needed to cope with the disaster.

North Shore City deputy mayor, Dianne Hale, says Civil Defence staff and volunteers play a vital part in helping police, fire, ambulance and fellow council staff deal with emergencies of this kind.

"Civil emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, and we rely on these committed and experienced people to help us through it."

On Monday, about 30 people from Northbridge Retirement Village in Akoranga Dr will be evacuated to the Civil Defence One-Stop-Shop Welfare Centre set up at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) nearby.

About 100 volunteers will help out during the simulation, from the four wheel drive club that will transport passengers - some of whom will be in wheelchairs - to the Salvation Army, Age Concern, WINZ and the Widows and Widowers Association.

For the first time, about 20 students from the Diploma in Violence and Trauma Studies and the Bachelor of Health Science Degree at AUT will help with the registration process when evacuees arrive as part of their curriculum.

The AD Block at the AUT campus will be transformed into the Welfare Centre and the communications van moved on site from 5pm on Monday, and evacuees are expected to arrive from 6pm.

Councillor Hale says that such a realistic exercise should give the community confidence that North Shore City is well prepared should disaster strike.

"By identifying and preparing for events before they happen, we can reduce the effects," she says.

North Shore Civil Defence is always looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested is invited to contact North Shore Civil Defence on 478 9696, or visit www.northshorecity.govt.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson+ Clark, And Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has been employed – time and again - by state agencies over the past decade, to spy on (and provide security against) ordinary New Zealanders engaged in lawful forms of protest. More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say! Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in urope for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:

Hit And Run: AG Gives Approval For Inquiry

Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More>>

ALSO:

Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages