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Brooklyn residents put earthquake on meeting agenda

Jul 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, Most Popular, News


EARTHQUAKE readiness has been added to the agenda for the next Brooklyn Residents’ Association meeting, on August 21.

Association secretary Carl Savage said the meeting would provide an opportunity for residents to make suggestions and offer advice on earthquake preparedness in the community.

Brooklyn had suffered very little structural earthquake damage, as Mr Savage had expected.

“It’s a reflection of what has happened city-wide, just superficial damage in the CBD. None of the people in the association we contacted have had any damage apart from crockery falling over,” he said.

The discussion on quake readiness will be part of the meeting, which is one of regular Brooklyn meetings held on the third Wednesday of every second month.

“Earthquake preparedness is everyone’s responsibility,” Mr Savage said.

Some residents were taken by surprise and have begun to stock up on emergency supplies.

As the result of her frightening experience of the recent largish quakes,  Sandra Ash now carries essential items in her handbag wherever she goes.

Sandra has medication, cellphone, plasters, and a toothbrush on hand in the event of an emergency.

“If I couldn’t get back into my home, I’d be okay with this bag,” she said.


The 6.5 magnitude earthquake was the worst one Sandra had ever felt and she was on the phone to her daughter living in Australia when it happened.

“Where I live is made out of concrete and quite bad concrete, so I started screaming, it was terrible. I heard crockery come down in the neighbour’s kitchen.”

She is also considering moving into a wooden home which she says is much safer.

Brenda Speak, 42, left, has fully prepared her family for future earthquakes.

“I have a very extensive kit, I’ve got all our prescription drugs a few weeks in advance in there, first aid kits, water, all the usual things and most of my nick-naks are secured.”


Scott Russell, 25, a property manager and Vanessa McCorkindale, 22, a student, right, moved to Wellington from Christchurch since the quakes there.

Scott was playing squash when the earthquake happened and Vanessa felt it when she was having a nap.

“I was pretty much going to sleep and it woke me up,” she said.

Vanessa is preparing for another earthquake by stocking up on bottled water and after two years living in Christchurch, said she did not know what to expect.




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