Waiheke Marketplace : March 16th 2011
Get ready to survive disaster -- Browns By KAREN MANGNALL Get ready: Auckland mayoress Shan Inglis with daughters Victoria, 11, and Olivia, 14, and the emergency Go Pack for their Flat Bush household if a disaster strikes. Photo: KAREN MANGNALL Pray a disaster doesn t happen but prepare for the worst is the new motto for mayor Len Brown s family. They ve put together a family survival plan and an emergency Go Pack -- and mayoress Shan Inglis is urging the rest of us to do the same. Until recently the Brown household was like more than 90 percent of Aucklanders -- completely unprepared for a Civil Defence emergency. Before Christchurch I don t think you turned your mind to it really, Ms Inglis says. We can t really under- stand what it would be like but we can em- pathise and, like every- one, our prayers and thoughts are with them. The February 22 quake sparked family talks about the risks in Auckland and what to do if disaster strikes. We have to accept that Len would be involved in the needs of the city so I need to make sure we as a family have a plan, Ms Inglis says. Daughters Victoria, 11, and Olivia, 14, have been told if disaster strikes while they re at school to stay there until Ms Inglis gets to them. If it were to happen at home we d gather up the children and my mother and find the safest place in the house to be. Along with a gas bar- becue for cooking, the household Go Pack is a fairly good start for surviving until help arrives. Disaster will always take us by surprise no matter how well pre- pared we are, Ms Inglis says. But thinking ahead and talking about it at home, work and school could mean a lot to reduce panic and make responses more auto- matic. Helping one another and being kind to one another is probably as important -- and having faith, Ms Inglis says. 2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 16, 2011 NEWS Fullers Announcement! 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Villages unite for project FROM Page 1 lawn raised $6000 from the sale of food and drinks and collections which will go to rehabili- tation centres for chil- dren affected by the war. Inside the Gift of Water dinner hosted by MC John Hawkesby raised more than $36,000 from the 90 local celebrities and dignitar- ies who attended. The money will contribute to the $140,000 needed for The Village Project s 2011 rain harvesting project for Gulu where water tanks will be built. Cable Bay spokesman Jeremy Burn says the venue was delighted to host the occasion. We ve been behind The Village Project from the very beginning so it was wonderful to have the children come to us. The African perform- ers also had a chance to meet year 12 and 13 students from Waiheke High School when they visited Piritahi Marae earlier in the evening. The students welcomed them with a powhiri and the youngsters swapped songs and customs before sharing a meal. One high school student says meeting and hanging out with the performers was a great experience and incredibly moving. They even performed a song they had learnt in Maori for us, she says. Ms MacDonald descr- ibes last Friday as the happiest day of my life . Seeing the children I had helped, here on my island, was outrageous. Auckland preparedness day' By KAREN MANGNALL Mayor Len Brown is call- ing for an Auckland-wide disaster preparedness day in the wake of the devastating Christ- church earthquake. Getting Auckland bet- ter equipped to cope with a disaster is something that needs to be done with some urgency , he says. Auckland s prepared- ness at an organisational level is brilliant, but for the mums and dads in particular, it s not brilliant. His own family was among the 93 percent of Aucklanders unprepared for an emergency before the Christchurch quake. Never thought about it before. Should have, didn t. All Aucklanders need to make sure they re ready for a Civil Defence emergency, Mr Brown says. Christchurch looked like it was reasonably well prepared and even so, it s been hard. Mr Brown wants an Auckland preparedness day within the next month to six weeks while the tragedy of Christ- church is still fresh in the minds of the kids . The event could also be used to publicise Auckland s new five-year Civil Defence plan now open for public comment. In school and in busi- ness places we might spend half an hour talking about prepared- ness for an emergency. Meanwhile, a mid- week Civil Defence exer- cise to practise oper- ational liaison, evacu- ation, welfare plans and recovery has been postponed. But we have effectively activated that because of Christ- church, Auckland Civil Defence controller Clive Manley says. The adoption by Christchurch of the new supercity Civil Defence model of one council and organisation has proven very effective so far, he says. It s given us confi- dence in our ability to respond. But we re never ready enough as far as public education goes. Click on Group Plan at www. aucklandcivil defence.org.nz to comment on Auckland's draft Civil Defence plan. Go to www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz to view mayoress Shan Inglis on getting ready to survive a disaster. Editor George Gardner email@example.com Reporters Gill Alcock firstname.lastname@example.org Jerome Gavelle email@example.com Lyndall Jefferie s firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Sales Gail Hughes (manager) email@example.com Dene Priestley firstname.lastname@example.org Graphics Megan Clark email@example.com Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady firstname.lastname@example.org accounts@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6,104 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '10.) Delivered each Wednesday to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, New World in College Hill & Devonport Library). 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