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Kirill Volkov (pictured below) was an iCrew Member at Hilltop High during 2002-3.  He came to Hilltop as a foreign exchange student hosted by Dirk Harman.   Kirill emigrated to New Zealand, completed his education and is currently the Emergency Management Advisor, Business and Development for the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO)

Be Ready to Get Through a Quake

30 July 2013

Wellington got through a big quake on Sunday 21 July – and it was a timely reminder to check we’re all ready to get through a natural disaster.

Water tank.

The water tank holds 200 litres

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The way the city’s buildings and infrastructure coped with the recent quake shows we are making progress and are in good shape to face emergency challenges in these areas.

The City Council has invested hundreds of millions of dollars on quake-strengthening our infrastructure over the past two decades.

Despite the size of this quake – and how frightening it was for many people – we’re all aware that Wellington still faces the prospect of the ‘big one’. A quake larger than the one on 21 July, or that’s centred closer to the city or at a shallower depth, will cause a great deal more damage.

The Council’s Civil Defence Controller, Stavros Michael, says this reminder of the ‘big one’ has prompted many people to reassess their preparedness at home and at work. “If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to make sure you’re ready to get through.

“Everyone should have a home emergency kit and three days’ worth of water for the whole family – backed up by a family emergency plan.”

For more about how you can prepare, visit:
Get Ready Get Thru

In the event of a major emergency, water supply could be affected for weeks or even months.

Our Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) has organised the availability of an affordable water tank that can attach to your house and collect rain water.

Stavros says the tank, which holds 200 litres but can fit on the backseat of a car, comes with all the attachments and can be installed in less than 30 minutes.

“These tanks can greatly enhance your family’s drinking water supply in an emergency,” Stavros says.

The tank can be used to collect rain water from your roof although it is recommended that you boil the water before drinking. The tanks can also be used as a back-up water supply for gardens during droughts.

WREMO worked with a local supplier to make the tanks available for $105, and they can be purchased from the Council service centre on Wakefield Street, as well as other councils across the region. Comparable tanks of this size can retail for $250.

Grab&Go kits and smaller water containers are also for sale at our service centre.

Other things to think about include:

  • an emergency kit at work – this should include a pair of good walking shoes, because there could be a long walk home if the trains are out and the roads are blocked to traffic
  • signing up to trusted sources of information – including WREMO’s Facebook page:
    WREMO – Facebook
  • having your house quake-checked:
    Building Safety in an Earthquake –  Quakecheck Home Assessment Service
  • training as a volunteer – for more information, contact WREMO on (04) 460 0650 or see:
    Emergency Management – Volunteer
  • personal emergency skills training at WREMO – a free, one day programme that could help you save lives. For more information, see:
    Personal Emergency Skills Training
  • introducing yourself to your neighbours, if you haven’t done so already – you may need to rely on each other after a natural disaster.

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