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

 


Be prepared for hazardous winter conditions

18 June 2013

Be prepared for hazardous winter conditions

Heavy snow to sea level has been forecast for Canterbury this week on Thursday and Friday.

The current forecast suggests the snow fall could be significant and last for up to two days.

In previous years heavy snowfall has led to road closures and power outages affecting large parts of Canterbury.

A heavy snow fall in June last year cut power to thousands of homes, left many roads impassable and disrupted flight services. The snow forecast for this week could be as bad, or worse, than last year.

The Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is urging Canterbury residents to check their emergency supplies are fully stocked.

“People need to be prepared now for the possibility that this week could bring hazardous weather conditions to Canterbury,” said Neville Reilly, Regional Civil Defence Group Controller.

“Everyone should have the necessities in place to be able to be self-sufficient for three days or more in the event of road closures and power cuts.

“This includes having stocks of food, water, warm clothing, fuel, alternative lighting and other emergency supplies on hand.

“We would also encourage people to make sure their homes are properly insulated. Installing heat tape on exterior pipes can help prevent water systems from freezing,”

“For general readiness, every household should create and practise a Household Emergency Plan, and assemble and maintain emergency survival items,” he said.

Neville Reilly said checking supplies in your car is another good thing to do and advised people who use power managers to make sure they are topped up as we come in to the heart of winter

He added there are a number of places people can find information on weather conditions and warnings including www.metservice.com and www.cdemcanterbury.govt.nz .

The New Zealand Fire Service is also reminding people to be aware of fire safety during extreme winter weather conditions. The main points to remember are: keep everything at least one meter away from a heater or fireplace; avoid overloading power sockets or multi-boxes, keep to one appliance per socket; and if using candles during a power cut, make sure they’re in a stable, non-combustible candle holder and away from anything that could burn.

Also, ashes from fires can take up to five days to cool so always empty them into a metal bin and pour water over them before disposal. If you haven't already, install smoke alarms – working smoke alarms save lives – and test them regularly.

Motorists considering driving over mountain passes in winter are advised to take chains with them in case of snow and to check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out.

Even in small quantities, snow can be hazardous. It only takes a few centimetres on a road to make driving dangerous.

Farmers should also consider shelter options for stock.

A list of emergency supplies can be found below.

Members of the public should contact their local council for further Civil Defence information.

Specific Emergency Preparedness Items:
• Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
• Radio with spare batteries
• First aid kit and essential medicines
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Pet supplies
• Wind and waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes

Food and water for at least three days
• Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
• Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
• Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person, per day
• A camp-cooker or gas barbeque to cook on
• A spare, full gas cylinder
• A can opener
• Water for washing and cooking

Suggested Winter Preparedness Items for Your Car:
• Windshield scraper and brush
• Battery or self-charging torch
• Battery or self-charging radio
• Extra batteries
• Water
• Snack food
• First aid kit
• Jumper cables
• Hi-vis vest
• Tow chain or rope
• Cigarette lighter cell phone charger
• Wind and waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes
• Personal medications
• Blanket(s)
• A shovel

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news