Red Cross ready to respond to Tropical Cyclone Evan
14 December 2012
Red Cross ready to respond
to Tropical Cyclone Evan
New Zealand Red Cross
has personnel and equipment on standby in Auckland ready to
head to Samoa in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Evan.
cyclone, which intensified to category 3 overnight, has
caused serious damage in Apia.
Samoan Red Cross has teams
of well-resourced and well-trained disaster response
volunteers, who will be assessing the damage as soon as the
Samoan Red Cross also has a central
warehouse and six depots around Samoa, which are fully
stocked with non-food items such as tarpaulins, first aid
kits, water containers and kitchen sets, which volunteers
will distribute as soon as they are able to get out and
New Zealand Red Cross international operations and
emergencies manager Andrew McKie says New Zealand Red Cross
is ready to respond if Samoa requests assistance.
are working with the MFAT emergency task force to ensure any
response is coordinated. We are also monitoring other
Pacific Islands and are in contact with our partner national
societies there,” Mr McKie says.
“We are asking
people not to donate goods. If people want to help they’ll
be able to donate later today on www.redcross.org.nz.”
is forecast to intensify to a Category 4, and is expected to
near Fiji on Sunday or Monday.
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