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What will you do if disaster strikes?

What will you do if disaster strikes?

Wellington commuters coming into town by rail on Wednesday morning from 7–9 am, will be greeted by civil defence and emergency services outside the Wellington Railway Station.

The morning’s theme is “Get Ready Get Thru” and it’s Disaster Awareness Week. Civil Defence staff from the Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group will be raising awareness on the importance of preparing for disasters, and encouraging everyone to:

- Store emergency water
- Have a survival kit
- Have an emergency plan.

Minister of Civil Defence Rick Barker is keen to remind everyone they need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. “Get Thru” television campaign presenter Peter Elliott will also be present between 7-9 am to help support the morning’s activities and will be helping to hand out information to commuters on what to do if disaster strikes.

The Wellington CDEM Group will be setting up their Mobile Emergency Operations Centre at the Station, and will travel onto Porirua’s North City Plaza and Mega Centre to give out more information on preparedness.

Local retailers are also being encouraged by the Group to get behind Disaster Awareness Week by displaying survival items in their shops or doing window displays to support the campaign. A prize, offering first aid training for 20 staff members, from the NZ Red Cross, will be awarded to one retailer from each local council for the Best Shop Display.

ENDS

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