Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Due to its location and environment New Zealand faces many potential disasters. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and storms can occur at any time - sometimes without warning. All disasters have the potential to cause significant disruption, damage to property and harm.
The Stratford District has experienced extreme weather in the past, resulting in some communities being cut off for long periods of time.
In an emergency
Should the District Mayor declare a state of Civil Defence Emergency, the appointed Civil Defence Controller will then be responsible for coordinating services such as fire, police, ambulance, and welfare services in the response effort.
During an emergency in Stratford, the Civil Defence Controller will be located at the Civil Defence Emergency Centre at the War Memorial Centre on Miranda Street.
Should the emergency escalate and affect other districts, there will most likely be a regional state of Civil Defence Emergency declared for the entire area by the Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.
CDEM is responsible for planning and preparing for a whole range of emergencies in Taranaki and for coordinating risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery.
The Stratford District Council is part of the Taranaki CDEM group, along with representatives from New Plymouth District Council, South Taranaki District Council and Taranaki Regional Council.
Are you prepared?
A disaster could disrupt roads, electricity, telecommunications and water, and effect your ability to travel or communicate.
You could be confined to your home, or forced to evacuate your neighbourhood. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, emergency services will not be able to get help to everyone as quickly as needed.
This is when you are likely to be most vulnerable so it is important to plan to look after yourself and your loved ones for at least three days or more in the event of a disaster.
Start your emergency preparedness by visiting www.getthru.govt.nz. or by picking up a copy of "Are You Prepared" from the Council's Service Centre on Miranda Street.
Some things to include in your emergency survival kit:
|Tinned food||Batteries, torch, small radio||Toiletry items, toilet paper|
|First aid kit & |
|Emergency cash||Copies of important documents||Tarpaulin|
|Pocket knife||Water & water purification tablets||Survival blanket, warm |
clothing & walking shoes
Tune into your local radio stations for up-to-date messages and information.
Council's website, Facebook page and Instagram will be regularly updated.