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 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