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Mayors ‘go digital’ for Get Ready Week

Mayors ‘go digital’ for Get Ready Week

Southland Mayors Tim Shadbolt, Gary Tong and Tracy Hicks visited local libraries last week, to get their passports scanned to memory sticks.

They were supporting Get Ready Week 2014, a national Civil Defence Emergency Management campaign encouraging preparedness for emergencies that runs from 21-27 September.

Emergency Management Southland advisor Craig Sinclair says this year the focus across Southland is on getting people to prepare their important personal documents in case they have to leave their homes quickly in an emergency.

“The idea is that if people can’t find all their important documents in a hurry, at least they’ve got something. It’s one less thing they have to think about when time is of the essence.”

During Get Ready Week, all libraries in Southland are offering to help people wanting to scan their birth certificate, passport or marriage license. People can bring their own memory sticks, or get one supplied for free while stocks last.

Emergency Management Southland advisors will be visiting libraries across Southland to share the Get Ready Week message, and talk to people about how they can prepare for emergencies.

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