Ashburton District Council Civil Defence, in conjunction with a local steering committee, launched the Methven community civil defence emergency response plan for 2017-2018 last Thursday night, holding a public meeting at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall function room.
When an emergency occurs, this plan will be activated by the community in response to the event, ultimately providing an effective and co-ordinated civil defence emergency response that links the Methven community and the Civil Defence organisation in Ashburton District.
An essential part of the plan’s development was the compilation, by the steering committee, of a list of people and local companies that can provide local resources in the time of an emergency. This will be the key to the success of the plan, if ever activated. It was emphasised by Council’s Emergency Management Officer, Don Geddes, that the Methven community needs to be self-reliant in times of an extreme emergency as help may be days away.
In preparation for responding to a civil defence emergency, it is important that families and individuals within the community undertake to be personally prepared with survival kits of water, food, lighting, heating, radios, spare batteries and medical supplies (see back page of the Yellow Pages for more detail on survival information or visit www.getthru.govt.nz) and have an emergency plan in place.
The designated Incident Control Point and Civil Defence Centre in Methven for the purpose of this plan is the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, 160 Main Street. How very fortunate we are to be able to use the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, as it was earthquake strengthened at the time of its renovation in 2010 and now also has a back-up power generator installed.
A copy of this plan will be available to read at the Methven iSite in the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall and Heritage Centre building and soon will be uploaded onto the Ashburton District Council website.