Read this first - before you need it: Titahi Bay Community Emergency Hub Guide
You need to be prepared to be, initially, as self-sufficient as possible. The first help will come from within your own household and from neighbours.
The four main things you can do now to prepare for a civil defence emergency are:
- Learn: What can happen; what to do.
- Plan: Your own household emergency plan.
- Assemble: Your emergency survival kit (and keep it fresh!).
- Create: A quick-getaway kit in case you need to leave in a hurry.
Civil Defence information
See the Get Thru website for help and advice, and also see Porirua City Council's Emergency Management page for heaps of information about how to get prepared and for links to other civil defence response organisations.
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO)
WREMO provides Civil Defence Emergency Management services to support and coordinate local bodies in the Wellington region. We need to collaborate because many people live in one part of the region and work in another - so we need to share resources. WREMO staff work throughout the region, operating from Emergency Management Offices at Porirua, Kapiti, and Masterton.
WREMO seeks to build resilient communities, and build and maintain the structures, systems and teams that will enable our community to respond and recover from disasters.
Local Emergency Response Civil Defence Partners
Have a look at these sites for a wider picture:
Titahi Bay's Civil Defence Centre
In the event of a major civil defence disaster or emergency, Titahi Bay's Civil Defence Centre is Titahi Bay School, in Kura Street. Civil Defence Centres, which are activated by volunteers, collect information about the impact of an emergency and pass that information to the Porirua Emergency Operations Centre. You can also go there to get information about what is happening. There is very little equipment at civil defence centres, so residents should plan and be prepared to look after themselves.
In an emergency, listen to your local radio station to hear which centres are open.
If there is a need, emergency shelters may be set up near affected areas to provide accommodation for a short time if homes are not habitable due to the emergency. You will be advised where they are as soon as they are available.
It is preferable that affected people stay with friends or family if at all possible - this will be more comfortable. Go to an emergency shelter only if there is no other choice.
Emergency Management for Your Pets
Ensure you have prepared a disaster kit for your dog and other pets to provide food, water, warmth and medicines. Make sure your dog or cat wears the current registration tag and is microchipped and that you have both the tag and microchip number accessible. To download your free Disaster Pack for your dog, visit www.wspa.org.nz.