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

 


Information Session to get migrants disaster ready

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, 5 April 2013

Information Session to get migrants disaster ready

Upper Hutt Neighbourhood Support, Civil Defence, New Zealand Fire Service, and Upper Hutt City Council Community Development Team’s Settlement Support have joined forces to get Upper Hutt migrants disaster ready.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 05 APR 2013—Imagine you are in a country where you do not speak the language and an earthquake strikes. Your house is damaged and water and power services are not working. For people new to New Zealand the language barrier may make it even harder to manage life after a disaster. Many also do not have the support of family members or community connections.

The migrants in our community come from every continent with very different terrains and natural occurrences. Each country manages disaster in various different ways. As New Zealand is on a fault line, a number of services are very aware, proactive, and organised in comparison to countries that do not suffer these events often. People from other countries are invited to learn what local services have to offer and to learn from them how to get ready and get through.

On Wednesday 8 May at 7.00 pm, at the Upper Hutt Library, there will be an information session for newcomers to our region presented by Neighbourhood Support, Civil Defence and the New Zealand Fire Service. It will focus on being prepared in case of a natural disaster and the importance of being connected to your community.

“I think we have all learned something from the events in Christchurch”, said Settlement Support Officer, Cecilia Titulaer. “I believe it is important to get these services together to prepare the migrant community of our city in case of a disaster. The first point of contact, if something does happen, is often the people immediately around you. So getting to know who lives around you is very important.”

Peter Walker from Civil Defence reminds us that “in a disaster, the emergency services and your local council will be extremely busy. Help may be limited for up to three days. You could be without water, electricity, gas and telephones. We can’t prevent disasters but you can take some simple steps to ensure you will be able to be prepared and be able to cope. All of us must think ahead and be prepared. Storing emergency water, knowing where survival items in your house are and having a household emergency plan are key steps to take.”

“Neighbourhood Support is all about connecting neighbours and encouraging them to communicate. It’s about building safe, resilient and caring communities”, says Kathryn Flannery, Coordinator for Neighbourhood Support for Upper Hutt. “Knowing your neighbours empowers people to support each other in times of need.”

To express your interest in attending or if you would like more information on this free session contact Cecilia Titulaer on 527 2132 or settlement@uhcc.govt.nz.

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news