should I do in the event of an emergency?
... LISTEN TO
YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATION
Clutha District Council employs an officer within the Regulatory Services
Department to organise and co-ordinate our Civil Defence initiatives and to keep
our emergency systems up to date and at a high state of readiness.
In a sense, all
Clutha residents are part of Civil Defence, because when a serious disaster
happens, people in the affected area will probably have to fend for themselves
as individuals, as families, as neighbours, and as a community – until other
help can be provided.
A Civil Defence
emergency is only declared when emergency services feel the situation is beyond
their resources and a life threatening situation exists. If this happens, the
Civil Defence organisation takes over to co-ordinate the response and local
Civil Defence centres are activated.
There is no vast
full-time Civil Defence force standing by. Council’s own staff and other
material resources form a basis, and are supported in a Civil Defence emergency
by locally available resources of emergency services, government departments, by
voluntary organisations in the community, and by individual volunteers.
Your Civil Defence
Centre is somewhere you can go to for assistance or to offer your services
during a Civil Defence emergency. During an emergency, the location of open
centres will be broadcast on your local radio station.
The reality is that
in such an event, Civil Defence and emergency staff cannot immediately be at
everyone’s doorstep and do everything at once. The response is determined by
priority; the first of which is always people’s safety.
It is therefore vital for all
Clutha residents to take steps of your own to help prepare you and your family
for the possibility of a Civil Defence emergency.
Grab&Go Emergency Kits
In a major
emergency, you may need to quickly leave your home, work or vehicle with little
or no warning. Clutha District Council Civil Defence
has put together Grab&Go Emergency Kits that contain important items if you need
to evacuate quickly. You can purchase these online for $69
For more information
on the kit, see:
Grab&Go Emergency Kits
However, no emergency
kit can give you with everything you need - only you know your shoe size,
dietary requirements, important medication and documents. For a full list of the
survival items you should have on hand, see the checklists
an Emergency in Otago (769kb, new window)
Emergency Checklist and Planner
Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2012-17
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