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New tsunami information boards for Whangārei coast

This page contains information about the new tsunami information boards for Whangarei coast.
Updated: 16/07/2018 2:30 p.m.

Whangārei boaties and beachgoers can boost their tsunami readiness using new information boards at popular District beaches and seaside locations.

Thirty-eight new tsunami information boards have been added to the initial nine trialled on our District’s coast since June last year.
“More people than ever are now using the coast. We want to help coastal users - including locals, beachgoers, boaties and visitors - to be even better prepared,” says Victoria Harwood, Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Officer, Whangarei District.

“We had a positive response to our initial tsunami information boards trial and have now worked with local communities to put more in place,” Mrs Harwood says. 
The new Whangarei District Council-funded tsunami information boards have been put up from Bland Bay in the north to Langs Beach in the south, taking the total number of boards in our District to 47.

“These large information boards add to a suite of already-available tsunami notification and education options,” Mrs Harwood says.
Each of the boards has been erected in a local coastal tsunami evacuation zone and features an individualised, colour-coded map along with clearly marked safe areas for people to move to if a tsunami is coming.

“People reading the signs need to make sure they are aware of which local tsunami evacuation zone they are in and importantly, where to go to if they need to get to safety fast,” Mrs Harwood says.

“Go to the maps, work out which spot in the safe zone you’ll go to and how to get there,” Mrs Harwood says.

The locally-made boards also contain important information about other simple ways to find out about tsunami warnings. These include natural warning signs such as out-of-the-ordinary sea behaviour plus tsunami sirens, smartphone alerts, social media, family and friends. 

Read more about Tsunami evacuation zones and what to do in an emergency, on the NRC website. (link below)

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