Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Emergency preparedness improving

Hon Craig Foss
Minister of Civil Defence
9 August 2011 Media Statement

Emergency preparedness improving

The tragedies in Christchurch and around the world have given New Zealanders a wakeup call to get better prepared for emergency events, says Civil Defence Minister Craig Foss.

The annual survey of national levels of preparedness shows a significant increase in the number of people who have taken steps to get ready for disasters.

Sixty per cent of those surveyed say they have taken steps to prepare themselves or their household in the last 12 months, up from 44 per cent last year, with the main prompt being the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes.

“While this is good news, there is still room for improvement,” said Mr Foss.

New Zealand’s level of preparedness has been measured annually since 2006 when the Get Ready Get Thru public education campaign was launched. The 2011 Colmar Brunton research excluded Christchurch residents as it was felt it would be inappropriate to survey the community about preparedness.

The proportion of people in New Zealand who said they are fully prepared for an emergency jumped from 11 per cent last year to 18 per cent this year. This means having an emergency survival plan that includes what to do when away from home, having emergency survival items and water for at least three days, and regularly updating these items.

Nearly one third said they were prepared for an emergency when at home, compared to a fifth in 2010. More than four out of five people surveyed have emergency survival items, and nearly two thirds have a survival plan (up from half in 2010).

“The biggest challenge in the past has been to overcome complacency about the need to be prepared. Since the quakes we have seen a significant shift, with people seeking advice and information on what they need to do to be prepared.

“Our challenge now is to build on this improved awareness and the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management will continue to work with local authorities and communities to ensure New Zealanders are prepared for future disasters,” said Mr Foss

The full report can be found here: www.civildefence.govt.nz/memwebsite.nsf/Files/Public_Education_Resources_NPEP06/$file/GRGT2011CBResearch.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Uncanny Valley Of Tokyo 2020

For all involved, this year’s Olympic Games have called for a willing suspension of anxiety. For now at least, the displays of skill and agility have been compelling enough to muffle some of the previous misgivings about the wisdom of asking athletes from all corners of the world to converge in one place in the middle of a pandemic, and at the height of a Tokyo summer... More>>



ALSO:


 
 

Government: Cabinet Accepts Turkish Authorities’ Request For The Managed Return Of Three NZ Citizens

Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>

ALSO:



NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels