Porirua Ready to Send Help to Christchurch After Quake
Porirua Ready to Send Help to Christchurch After
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says
Porirua City Council staff will again travel to Christchurch
to help following today's major earthquake if required.
Council’s emergency management staff have been helping
in the National Emergency Management Centre at the Beehive
today while other staff have been briefed and are preparing
for possible deployment should a request be made for
“Our deep concerns go out to those who
have lost loved ones in this dreadful disaster. We feel for
everyone in Christchurch and Canterbury who again have to go
through the terrible trial of the initial quake as well as
the many frightening aftershocks that follow."
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