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Tsunami Evacuation Drill

This page contains information about a full evacuation drill of our Council offices on Friday 13 October 2017.
Updated: 6/10/2017 11:41 a.m.

​Friday 13 October is going to be a test of personal preparedness for Council staff as they carry out a full evacuation of Forum North, the Central Library, Botanica, Claphams Clocks and their Walton Plaza offices.

WDC Health & Safety Manager Desarae Williams said that the evacuation is a practise run for what might happen if a near source tsunami hit our coastline.

“We hope it never happens, but if it did we would want to know that our staff know what to do and where to go.

“In emergency situations we are often the ones working hard in a Civil Defence capacity to keep our residents, ratepayers and visitors safe. We also need to think about our staff and what they need to do in the situation where their workplace may no longer be safe,” Ms Williams said.

WDC Emergency Management Officer Victoria Randall said that the timing of the tsunami drill is during Get Ready Get Thru week, the national awareness campaign organised by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. We encourage all New Zealanders to find out how to prepare for an emergency plus to talk to friends and family about what they would do in a real life situation. 

“It’s really important that people know what to do and where to go if a near source tsunami hits, as there would not be much time to get official notifications out,” Ms Randall said. 

We have maps showing the expected inundations zones and these may come further inland depending on the conditions on the day. 

“This is a great opportunity to start talking with your family, and friends or in your workplace to make plans for what you would do,” she said.

Council staff have been working on this project to help make the drill as real as possible and to minimise the inconvenience to the public.

We will be closing Forum North, the Central Library, Botanica, Claphams Clocks and the Hub at the Town Basin and Walton Plaza for an hour from 9am. We will re-open by 10am.

Information on where the affected areas are and what to do is available on the NRC’s website. 

Tsunami signs and alerting


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