Hawkes Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group


  •  Earthquake- after a significant earthquake, or aftershocks
  •  Evacuation- only if an official evacuation order has been given
  •  Fire- during a large vegetation fire or wildfire
  •  Flood- during a flood or if a flood is imminent
  •  Haz. Substances- during or following a major chemical spill or industrial/ chemical fire
  •  Health Emergency- only in conjunction with HB District Health Board advice
  •  Heatwave- during a heatwave or if one is imminent
  •  Landslide- during a storm or if landslides are expected
  •  Storm – Coastal- during heavy sea swells or if they are imminent
  •  Storm – Major- including thunderstorms and tornadoes
  •  Storm – Snow- during and after a snow storm
  •  Tsunami- only if an official tsunami warning has been issued
  •  Volcanic Eruption- during a volcanic eruption 
  •  Volunteers - when volunteers are required


EARTHQUAKE: after a significant earthquake or aftershocks

AIR TIME: As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

An earthquake of magnitude (number) occurred at (insert time/ location) today. Damage has been reported, with details yet to be confirmed.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence EOC Controller (insert name) says the Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in response to the situation. The centre has activated emergency plans and is working urgently with local authorities and emergency services to assess risks, provide advice and respond to the earthquake.

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you will be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Expect aftershocks – each time you feel one, DROP, COVER and HOLD. Aftershocks occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
2. Use extreme caution – check that a building is safe and stable before you enter. If you were away from home during the earthquake, return only when authorities say it is safe.
3. Look for damage in and around the building and get everyone out if it appears unsafe. Aftershocks following earthquakes can further damage unstable buildings. Use the stairs not an elevator. When you leave the building move to the nearest safe outdoor assembly area in your neighbourhood.
4. Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and stay out of damaged areas. Hazards caused by earthquakes are often difficult to see, and you could be easily injured.
5. Help family and neighbours who require special assistance – infants, elderly people, those without transport, families who may need extra help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities and the people who care for them.
6. Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out quickly. Turn off gas, using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbour’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
7. Look for electrical damage. If you see sparks, broken or frayed wires, or if you can smell burning insulation, turn off electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. Do not step in water to get to a fuse box or circuit breaker.
8. Store clean water for drinking. An undamaged hot water cylinder may be your best source of fresh water.
9. Keep your animals under your direct control. Pets may become disoriented. Pets may be able to escape from your house, and fencing may be broken. Be aware of hazards at ground level, such as debris and spilled chemicals.
10. Check livestock access to fresh water as well as their general welfare. Check fences to ensure livestock are secure.
11. Listen to the radio and television for civil defence advice.
12. Use the phone for emergencies only.
13. Follow evacuation procedures, if advised to do so, and listen to authorities for further instructions.
14. Do not go sightseeing – your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
b. www.getthru.govt.nz
c. www.civildefence.govt.nz
d. www.geonet.org.nz
e. www.gns.cri.nz
f. www.eqc.govt.nz
g. www.teara.govt.nz (search for earthquakes)
h. www.rural-support.org.nz/
i. www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/adverse-events/

ACTION MESSAGES – Earthquake
 
Expect aftershocks and be prepared
Treat injuries and put out small fires
Check your neighbours
Turn off water and electricity at the mains if it is safe to do so
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Evacuate if it is not safe to stay where you are, or if you are instructed to do so

RECENT EARTHQUAKES
Hawke’s Bay – 256 people died from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 3rd February 1931
Canterbury – there were no fatalities from the magnitude 7.1 Darfield earthquake on 4th September 2010 but significant damage to homes and businesses. Hundreds of lesser aftershocks followed. Then a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Lyttleton, Christchurch on 6th February 2011 killed 166 people and seriously damaged Christchurch CBD, homes and businesses.


EVACUATION: only if an official evacuation order has been given

AIR TIME: As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

Following the recent (insert event, i.e. storm) in (insert area), Civil Defence advises the following:
(you will be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast)

1. Evacuate immediately from (insert area). Follow instructions and use the evacuation routes advised by authorities.
2. Listen to the radio and television for civil defence advice.
3. Wear sturdy shoes and suitable outdoor clothing.
4. Secure your home as you normally would. If you have time, secure outdoor items and turn off your power and water at the mains (leave natural gas on unless advised otherwise).
5. Take your Getaway kit and go. A Getaway kit includes the following:
- Cash and personal identification
- Water, radio and a torch (do not take candles due to the fire risk)
- Change of clothes and a sleeping bag or blankets for each person
- First aid kit, and prescription medication, dentures, spare eyeglasses, hearing-aid batteries
- Car and house keys
6. If you need assistance with evacuation, alert authorities by displaying a sheet or towel out a window or gate that can be seen from the road. Staff will assist you as quickly as they can.
7. Expect traffic congestion and delays during evacuations.
8. Take your pets with you, but remember that evacuation centres will not generally accept pets. Make arrangements for pets to stay with friends. You are responsible for their welfare.
9. Use the phone for emergencies only.
10. Do not return home until an official instruction is issued that it is safe to do so. Check Points will be in place to secure your neighbourhood.
11. Do not go sightseeing – your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.getthru.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz

ACTION MESSAGES – Evacuation
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
If authorities tell you to evacuate immediately, take your Getaway Kit and go
If you have more time, prepare your home

EMERGENCY SURVIVAL ITEMS IF YOU HAVE TO BE EVACUATED, TAKE YOUR GETAWAY KIT

Water (3 litres per person, per day, for at least 3 days or more)
Canned, non-perishable food
Torch and radio with spare batteries (do not take candles due to fire risk)
Toilet paper, plastic bags and bucket
First aid kit and essential medicines, including paracetamol for fever
BBQ or other means of cooking
Face and dust masks Items to include:
Essential medicines, toiletries and baby needs
Important documents (identification and insurance)
Radio and torch (with batteries)
Emergency bottled water
Extra clothing and footwear Before you leave:
Consider your pets
Turn off water and electricity at mains if there is time

When you have reached safety:
Listen to the radio for information and follow civil defence instructions


FIRE: during a large vegetation fire or wildfire

AIR TIME: As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A fire is ablaze in (insert location). Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence has activated the Emergency Operations Centre in response to the situation. The centre has activated emergency plans and is working urgently with local authorities and emergency services to assess risks, provide advice and respond to the fire.

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you will be advised which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Stay inside – close all doors and windows.
2. Listen to the radio and television for civil defence advice.
3. Follow evacuation procedures, if advised to do so and listen to authorities for further instructions.
4. Close windows and cover your mouth – if it is a hazardous substance fire.
5. Assume smoke is toxic – avoid inhaling smoke and cover your mouth.
6. Use the phone for emergencies only.
7. Do not return home until an official instruction is issued that it is safe to do so.
8. Do not go sightseeing – your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
b. www.getthru.govt.nz
c. www.civildefence.govt.nz

ACTION MESSAGES – Fire
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Stay alert, evacuate early
Assume all smoke is toxic
Do not return home until you are officially advised it is safe to do so


FLOOD: during a flood or if a flood is imminent

AIR TIME: As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A major flood is imminent OR taking place (delete one) in (insert area).

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you will be advised which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Be prepared to move quickly. Water levels in streams or channels can change without warning. Keep your Getaway Kit near.
2. Listen to the radio and television for civil defence advice.
3. Follow instructions and advice of emergency services and civil defence authorities.
4. Use the phone for emergencies only.
5. Secure outdoor furniture or bring it inside.
6. Bring pets inside and move stock to shelter.
7. Store clean water for drinking, if your home is in a flood-prone area. An undamaged hot water cylinder may be your best source of fresh water after a flood.
a. Throw away food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
8. Do not try to walk, swim or drive through flood or fast-flowing water. Even 15 centimetres of swiftly-moving water can sweep you off your feet.
a. Do not attempt to cross stream or river fords, flowing streams or water covered roads. Your vehicle wake can also cause damage to properties.
b. If in transit, inform family members of your whereabouts.
c. Avoid unnecessary use of your vehicle during a flood.
d. Do not go sightseeing in your vehicle – your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.metservice.co.nz/public/weatherwarnings/warningmap.html
b. http://metservice.com/national/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
c. www.niwa.co.nz/education-and-training/schools/students/storms
d. www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/natural-hazards
e. www.getthru.govt.nz
f. www.hbrc.govt.nz
g. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
h. www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/adverse-events/
i. http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters
j. www.rural-support.org.nz/

ACTION MESSAGES – Flood
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Disconnect electrical appliances
Raise valuables, weedkillers and other chemicals above floor level
Avoid flooded areas
Do not drink and stay out of floodwater as it could be contaminated
Bring pets inside and move stock to shelter

RECENT MAJOR FLOODS
Maraekakaho – July 2007: the Marekakaho community was isolated during this intense flood event, south-west of Hastings
Southern Hawke’s Bay – February 2004: the Tukituki River reached a high level with surface flooding at Otane, Waipawa, Waipukurau, and severe flooding at Porangahau. There was extensive flood damage in Manawatu and Horowhenua districts.
Esk Valley Floods – April 1938: severe flooding was widespread after 3 days of heavy rain, with exceptional falls in some areas. 610mm fell at Turira , and an extreme 1,000mm at Puketitira (with 390mm in one day). This led to the Soil Conservation & Rivers Control Act which came into effect three years later, in 1941.


HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES: during or following a major chemical spill or industrial/chemical fire

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A major chemical spill/industrial fire (delete one) has been reported in (insert location). Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence has activated the Emergency Operations Centre in response to the situation. The centre has activated emergency plans and is working urgently with local authorities and emergency services to assess risks, provide advice and respond to the situation.

Civil Defence advises the following: (you will be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast)

1. Stay inside – close all windows and doors. Turn off ventilation systems & fans, including air conditioning & heating. Stay inside until you receive official notification it is safe to go out.
2. Keep pets indoors.
3. Listen to the radio and television for civil defence advice.
4. Follow instructions and advice of emergency services and civil defence authorities.
5. Do not go sightseeing – your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
6. Use the phone for emergencies only.
7. If you have to evacuate, do not go back to your home until advised that it is safe to do so.
8. If you need assistance with evacuation, alert authorities by displaying a sheet or towel out a window or gate that can be seen from the road. Staff will assist you as quickly as they can.

Stay tuned to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.getthru.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz

ACTION MESSAGES – Hazardous Substances
• Stay inside – unless advised to evacuate – with windows and doors closed
• Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions


HEALTH RESPONSE IN EMERGENCY: only in conjunction with HB DHB advice

AIR TIME:
Station to broadcast after formal notice issued by Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.

REPEATS: As instructed above

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board OR the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group.

Civil Defence advises people requiring medical attention to, if possible, visit their GP or make their way to the nearest Emergency Medical Unit or Welfare Centre.

1. The locations of these units are as follows (use only those areas relevant):

NAPIER
The Doctors, 30 Munroe Street, Napier
City Medical, Wellesley Road, Napier
Central Medical, 27 Douglas McLean Avenue, Marewa
Taradale Medical Centre, 20 Puketapu Road, Taradale
Dr Marjory Craig’s Practice, 31 Charles Street, Westshore

HASTINGS
• The Doctors, 110 Russell Street South, Hastings
• Hastings Health Centre, cnr Queen St East/Russell Street
• Totara Health/ The Nelson Street Practice, 403 Nelson Street, Hastings
• Medical and Injury Centre, 615 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings

HAVELOCK NORTH
• Te Mata Peak Practice, 33 Napier Road, Havelock North

WAIROA
• Dr Brian Underwood’s Practice, 37 Carroll Street, Wairoa
• Wairoa Hospital and Health Centre, Kitchener Street, Wairoa

CENTRAL HAWKE’S BAY
• The Doctors, 19 Kenilworth Street, Waipawa
• Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre, 1 Cook Street, Waipukurau

2. Use the phone for emergencies only.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.hawkesbaydhb.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz


ACTION MESSAGES – Health Response in Emergency
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
If you are evacuating from your home, take your regular medications with you
If you are currently receiving support from a community health service, leave notification of your whereabouts in your mailbox


HEATWAVE: during a heatwave or if one is imminent

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

The Hawke’s Bay region is currently experiencing a heatwave. Civil Defence advises the following:

1. Drink plenty of fluids. Water is best. Try to consume 2-4 glasses of cool, fluids each hour. Avoid dehydrating drinks like caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks. Very cold drinks can cause stomach cramps.
2. Stay cool inside, using air conditioning if possible. Cool showers or baths are helpful, but avoid sudden temperature changes.
a. Protect windows from the sun. Use curtains, blinds or awnings to keep the sun out of your home and the temperature down.
3. Listen to the radio and television for civil defence advice.
4. Follow instructions and advice of emergency services and civil defence authorities.
5. Check on friends and relatives. If you or a family member has a medical condition, discuss with your doctor possible ways of coping with the heat. Infants and the elderly are at greater risk of heat related illness.
6. Avoid the sun. If you must work outside, try to schedule it in the early morning or late evening. Pace yourself. If you begin feeling ill or dizzy, stop working and rest somewhere cool. Cut down on exercise and strenuous activity.
7. Check on pets and stock frequently. Ensure they have fresh water and shade.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.getthru.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
d. www.metservice.co.nz

ACTION MESSAGES – Heatwave
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Drink plenty of fluids – reduce heat stress outdoors and indoors


LANDSLIDE: during a storm or if landslips are expected

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A major storm is imminent OR taking place (delete one) in (insert area). Civil Defence advises the following: (you may be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Watch for signs of land movement during severe storms, including small slips, rock falls or subsidence – landslides can move quickly and sometimes without warning.
2. Be prepared to move quickly. Water levels in streams or dry channels can change without warning.
3. Be especially alert when driving. Embankments along roadsides are particularly at risk of landslides. Watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of a possible landslide.
4. Listen to the radio or television for civil defence advice.
5. Listen to authorities for instructions. Follow evacuation procedures if advised to do so.
6. Take your pets with you, if you need to evacuate. Be aware that evacuation centres will not generally accept pets. Make arrangements for pets to stay with friends. You are responsible for their welfare.
7. Move stock away from streams, rivers and low-lying land.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.metservice.co.nz/public/weatherwarnings/warningmap.html
b. http://metservice.com/national/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
c. www.niwa.co.nz/education-and-training/schools/students/storms
d. www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/natural-hazards
e. www.getthru.govt.nz
f. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
g. www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/adverse-events/
h. http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters
i. www.rural-support.org.nz/

ACTION MESSAGES – Landslide
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Watch for signs of land movement – look and listen
Get your household ready

RECENT MAJOR STORMS – involving LANDSLIDES
Cyclone Bola – March 1988: caused considerable damage in the Gisborne and Wairoa districts; the highest total rainfall for the 3-day period was 635mm recorded at Pukeorapa 
Heavy rain resulted in landslides, cuts to power and sewage services and road closures, including State Highway 2 which was closed in places with severe slips and flooding.
o States of emergency were declared in Wairoa, Gisborne and the East Cape.
o Flooding affected some 3600 hectares of farming and horticultural land – associated losses were estimated at $90 million.
o 1,765 farmers were affected by damage to their land and crops and stock losses – Cyclone Bola hit some areas just as harvesting was about to start.
o The most intense rainfall was on steep East Coast hill country.


COASTAL STORM: during heavy sea swells or if they are imminent

Coastal inundation is the flooding of coastal lands by raised ocean waters and can be made worse by flooding in nearby lowland rivers. It happens when storm surges or heavy sea swells – often at the same time as high tides – overtop beach crests. Seepage through beach dunes can add to the volume of inundation flood water. Beachfront properties can also suffer from direct wave attack causing damage and localised flooding.

AIR TIME: As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised 

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A major storm is imminent OR taking place (delete one) in (insert area). This storm brings heavy swells or storm surges which are likely to inundate above normal high tide heights.

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you may be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Evacuate yourself if you feel you are at risk from a storm surge. Don’t wait for official advice.
2. Listen to the radio or television for civil defence advice.
3. Follow instructions and advice of emergency services and civil defence authorities.
4. Be prepared to move quickly. Coastal inundation can happen quickly and the warning time may be short. Be ready to act immediately and keep your Getaway Kit near (page 8).
5. Prepare your home, if necessary. Board up doors and windows, secure or move outdoor objects inside, and turn off utilities: water, gas, electricity, etc.
6. Move valuable possessions to the upper floors or to safe ground if time permits. An undamaged hot water cylinder may be your best source of fresh water after a flood.
7. Evacuate as quickly as possible, if you are ordered to do so. (see Evacuation, page 7)
8. Take all prescription medicines and special medical items, such as glasses and nappies.
9. Consider a precautionary evacuation of livestock, moving stock to higher ground.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.getthru.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz

ACTION MESSAGES – Coastal Storm
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Get your household ready, if you may need to evacuate


MAJOR STORM, INCLUDING THUNDERSTORM AND TORNADO: during a storm or if a storm is imminent

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A major storm is imminent OR taking place (delete one) in (insert area).

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you may be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Prepare your property for high winds. Strong winds can lift large, heavy objects and send them crashing into homes. Anything not secured may become a dangerous projectile.
a. Bring outdoor furniture inside, including decorations or ornaments, rubbish cans, hanging plants, or anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
b. Bring pets inside with you. They can be frightened by storms.
c. Close windows and doors to secure your home, including internal doors. If installed, close the shutters.
d. Pull curtains and drape over unprotected glass areas to prevent possible injury.
e. Store valuables and important documents in a safe place.
f. Turn off or unplug electrical appliances to limit the effect of potential power surges.
Moor your boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure your boat to a trailer. Use tie-downs to anchor a trailer to the ground or to a building.
2. Listen to the radio or television for civil defence advice.
3. Use the phone for emergencies only.
4. Follow evacuation orders, if advised to do so, and listen to authorities for further instructions (see Evacuation, page 7).
5. Have at least one torch and extra batteries. DO NOT USE CANDLES – they can easily cause fires. Do not use gas or kerosene lamps, which need ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.
6. Store clean water for drinking. A hot water cylinder may be your best source of fresh water.
7. Treat all downed power lines as live, even if they appear dead. Power lines can also become live without warning.
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
8. Stay inside a building. If outside, remain low to the ground and avoid isolated structures.
9. Avoid using the telephone and mains powered electrical appliances.
TORNADOES
10. Take shelter in the centre of a building or a basement if available.
11. Stay away from windows, skylights and doors. For added protection, shelter under a heavy table and cover yourself with a blanket, mattress or sleeping bag.
12. Lie down flat if you are outside during a tornado. Stay out of and away from vehicles. Shelter in ditches or culverts if available.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.metservice.co.nz/public/weatherwarnings/warningmap.html
b. http://metservice.com/national/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
c. www.niwa.co.nz/education-and-training/schools/students/storms
d. www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/natural-hazards
e. www.getthru.govt.nz
f. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
g. www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/adverse-events/
h. http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters
i. www.rural-support.org.nz/

ACTION MESSAGES – Major Storm
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Stay indoors
Close curtains and keep away from doors and windows
Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary
Avoid damaged power lines and report these to your power company

RECENT MAJOR STORMS
Cyclone Bola – March 1988: caused considerable damage in the Gisborne and Wairoa districts; the highest total rainfall for the 3-day period was 635mm recorded at Pukeorapa.
Wairoa District Storm – June 1997: 166 people evacuated at Nuhaka after flooding and power failure associated with storm.


SNOW STORM: during and after a snow storm

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised ___

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A snow storm is imminent OR taking place (delete one) in (insert area). Civil Defence advises the following: (you may be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Stay inside.
2. Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved – roads may be blocked by snow or emergency vehicles.
3. Wear warm clothing – loose-fitting and lightweight layers are best.
4. Close off unneeded rooms. If no heating is available stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors and cover windows at night.
5. Conserve water.
6. Listen to the radio or television for civil defence advice.
7. Use the phone for emergencies only.
8. If there is a power cut and power is vital for a life support machine, contact the Police immediately.
9. During a power failure, do not use portable cookers, braziers, camp stoves or grills inside.
10. If you are caught in a vehicle during a snow storm:
a. Stay in your vehicle. Disorientation occurs quickly in wind-driven snow
b. Run the engine and heater for 10 minutes every hour to keep warm
c. Open the window a little for fresh air and to allow any engine fumes to escape
d. Make yourself visible to rescuers – tie a coloured cloth to your radio aerial or door or raise the vehicle hood indicating trouble after snow stops falling.
11. Help those who require special assistance – infants, elderly people, those without transport, families who may need extra help, people with disabilities and the people who care for them, as well as pets and other animals.

Keep listening to this radio station for further Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.getthru.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz

MAPS & WEATHER
a. www.metservice.co.nz/public/weatherwarnings/warningmap.html
b. www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/natural-hazards

FACTS ABOUT SNOW
a. www.nws.nooa.gov/om/brochures/wntrstm.htm
b. www.urbanext.uiuc.edu.winter/
c. www.niwa.co.nz/news-and-publications/publications/all/wa/16-3/news1

ACTION MESSAGES – Snow Storm
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Stay inside
Keep yourself warm

RECENT SNOW STORMS
Hawke’s Bay and the Central Plateau – June 2006: white-out conditions forced widespread road closures that stranded hundreds of motorists. 100 motorists packed in to the Te Pohue Hotel on the Napier-Taupo Road on the evening of 22 June after a logging truck jack-knifed in icy conditions blocking the road. State Highways 5, 38 and 2 were all closed at one point causing Police to issue a warning to motorists to only use roads if absolutely necessary, and to avoid hill roads. There were also power cuts to homes and farms in the high country, some taking days to restore.
Hawke’s Bay – July 2003: the region became isolated from the rest of the country as highways from Napier to Wairoa, Taupo, Taihape and Palmerston North were closed by snow falls to sea level. The storm left up to 30cm of snow on the hills around Maraekakaho and along SH50 to Norsewood. It was the first day of the school holidays and many people were stranded with 150 forced to take shelter in Norsewood. Many rural communities had no power and fallen trees and branches had to be cleared away before roads could be reopened.


TSUNAMI: only if an official tsunami warning has been issued

Tsunami (pronounced tsu - nam - ee) is a Japanese word meaning 'harbour wave'. It describes a series of fast travelling waves caused by large disturbances on the ocean floor, such as earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions. In the deep ocean tsunami pass almost unnoticed, but as they approach land and shallower coastal waters, they change dramatically: a wave 1-2 metres height at sea can be over 30 metres in height when it reaches land. The first waves may not be the largest.
Official warnings are currently expected to come from sources that are more than three hours of tsunami travel time away from Hawke’s Bay, i.e. Chile.

AIR TIME: As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group or (insert name) Civil Defence.

An official tsunami warning has been issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. The following areas may be at risk (insert areas).

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you will be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Listen carefully to official instructions and follow them.
2. Evacuate from the following areas: (insert areas where advised). [see Evacuation, page 7]
3. Move quickly to higher ground if you are near the coast or a coastal river. The first wave may not be the largest.
4. Do not go sightseeing to the beach or river – your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
5. Take your Getaway Kit if possible. Do not travel into the evacuation zone to collect your kit or other belongings.
6. Take all prescription medicines and special medical items, such as glasses and nappies.
7. Listen to a radio or television for civil defence advice.
8. Use a phone for emergencies only.
9. Follow your school’s evacuation plan, if the school is in an identified evacuation zone.
10. If you are farming along the coast or river estuary, evacuate people to higher ground first. If you have time, move livestock and domestic animals to higher ground.
11. Boats are generally safer in water deeper than 20 metres than if they are close to the shore. It is not safe to try to move a boat if a tsunami is imminent.
12. Stay away from coastal water, tidal estuaries, rivers and streams for at least 24 hours after any tsunami warning, as even small waves create dangerous currents.

Keep listening to this radio station for further updates or Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.gns.cri.nz
b. www.geonet.org.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz
d. www.teara.govt.nz (search for ‘tsunami’)
e. www.niwa.co.nz
f. www.rural-support.org.nz/
g. www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/adverse-events

ACTION MESSAGES – Tsunami
Go quickly inland from the coast and away from coastal rivers
Alert other people if you can
Do not go sightseeing to the beach or river
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions

HAZARDS & HISTORY
Several moderate-size tsunami have been observed along Hawke’s Bay coasts in the 160 years or so of written historical records. On several occasions the lives of Hawke’s Bay people have been threatened.
These events include 1931 & 1947
The 1868, 1877, 1960 and 2010 tsunami generated by large earthquakes in South America have had the greatest impact. The surges lasted one to several days, the largest of the surges generally occurring within the first 24 hours.

Geological records show that the Hawke’s Bay area has been impacted by tsunami approximately once every 900 years.

There is a Tsunami Display at The National Aquarium of New Zealand, on the Napier foreshore.


VOLCANIC ERUPTION: during a volcanic eruption

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR (insert name) Civil Defence.

A volcanic eruption has occurred at (insert name and location of volcano). Volcanic ash is toxic. It may fall in the following areas: (insert areas)

Civil Defence advises the following:
(you will be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast; if not, use discretion)

1. Stay inside – close all windows and doors. Keep your pets indoors with you. Turn off ventilation systems and fans, including air conditioning and heating. Place damp towels across gaps under doors and tape draughty windows. Stay indoors until you receive official notification it is safe to go out, or until you are evacuated.
2. If you are caught in an ashfall:
a. Cover your mouth and nose with a damp handkerchief or cloth;
b. Protect your eyes;
c. Seek shelter in a building or vehicle;
d. Wash ash off your skin as soon as possible – it may cause irritation
3. Disconnect drainpipes/downpipes from water tanks, gully traps and gutters. Direct the flow to your lawn. This will prevent blockages and allow ash to empty on to the ground. When the ash has cleared, hose off your roof before reconnecting pipes.
4. Let water settle, if there is ash it. If there is a lot of ash in the water supply, do not use your dishwasher or washing machine.
5. Be prepared for power outages that may be caused by heavy ash falling on power lines. Have at least one torch and extra batteries, preferably not candles due to the fire risk.
6. Cover electronics – sensitive components are susceptible to damage by ash.
7. Limit driving. Store vehicles and machinery inside to prevent damage from ash. If buildings are not available, cover machinery and vehicles with tarpaulins. Avoid driving as ash will damage engines. Do not use windscreen wipers.
8. Bring domestic animals inside. Protect their feed and water supplies from falling ash, which can be poisonous. If possible, move stock to elevated paddocks upwind of the volcano.
9. Listen to a radio or television for civil defence advice.
10. Use a phone for emergencies only.

Keep listening to this radio station for further updates or Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.getthru.govt.nz
b. www.civildefence.govt.nz
c. www.hbemergency.govt.nz

ACTION MESSAGES – Volcanic Eruption
Listen to the radio or television and follow civil defence instructions
Stay inside, along with your pets, as much as possible
Save water at an early stage as supplies may become contaminated
Keep gutters and roof clear of ash to prevent roof collapse
Do not go sightseeing
If you must go outside:
o Use protective clothing
o Cover your head
o Breathe through a mask or cloth
o Carry a torch


VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

AIR TIME:
As advised by Civil Defence

REPEATS: As advised

INTRO: (Civil Defence siren sound)

This is a Civil Defence message from the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group OR Civil Defence agency.

Following the recent (insert event i.e. storm) in (insert area) Civil Defence requests assistance from volunteers and advises the following:
(you may be informed which paragraphs are relevant for broadcast)

1. If you have the following skills or abilities (insert skills), please report to the volunteer centre at (insert centre).
2. If you can assist as a volunteer, ensure your family, business, pets and home are safe before reporting for service.
3. Good health is essential. If you are on medication, pregnant or have a medical condition, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before volunteering.
4. Please leave children and pets at home.
5. (Optional – mark out those not appropriate as instructed)
Please bring:
Warm clothing
A change of clothes
Appropriate rain gear
Sufficient food and water for 24 hours
Equipment (as advised by authorities)

Keep listening to this radio station for further updates or Civil Defence announcements.

USEFUL LINKS
a. www.hbemergency.govt.nz – go to Volunteer tab
b. www.getthru.govt.nz  

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