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


EQC and Civil Defence call for quake readiness

EQC and Civil Defence call for quake readiness

19 February 2014

EQC and Civil Defence are joining forces in the lead-up to the anniversary of the February 22 earthquake with a press and internet campaign urging people to protect what is most valuable to them – people and homes.

EQC Chief Executive Ian Simpson says that while the memory of the quakes is still fresh for Cantabrians it is much easier for the rest of New Zealand to push it to the back of the mind.

“But everyone needs to have enough stored food and water for three days or more, a plan for what we will do when some of us are at home and others at work, school or elsewhere, and to make sure our homes are in the best position to withstand whatever Mother Nature brings,” he says.

The Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management, John Hamilton, says being prepared means we and our loved ones will get through better and recover faster from natural disasters or other emergencies.

He says that the Ministry’s 2013 survey shows that 17 per cent of households in New Zealand were fully prepared which is some improvement from seven per cent in 2006. “But there is a long way to go,” he says.

To find out how to prepare and what to do before, during and after emergencies go to www.getthru.govt.nz and to find out how to protect your property go to www.eqc.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news