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Quakes scare needed, says Civil Defence head

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Lead Story, News

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PREPARED – NOW:  Upper Hutt resident Patricia Knott said she started preparing a kit straight after the earthquake.

WELLINGTON needs this quake swarm shake-up to wake up, says a civil defence leader.

“Sunday’s earthquake was the scare Wellingtonians needed in order to get prepared,” Dave Butcher said today.

The Upper Hutt Civil Defence team leader said having an earthquake kit is essential and Wellington should be learning from the Christchurch disaster.

“It was a South Island quake and we felt the results. Hopefully people will realise the importance of being prepared now.”

Mr Butcher said people should have plenty of bottled water in their kit and two to three days worth of canned food.

“We are in the earthquake zone so being prepared is vital.

“It’s not hard to prepare a kit. Kits can be made up easily and cheaply without buying a flash pack. There’s really no excuse.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPak‘N’Save Upper Hutt checkout manager Sharon Wood said bottled water and canned food sales had increased since Sunday’s quake.

“We ran out of bottled water at one point, people have definitely been stocking up on canned food and water since the earthquake.”

Patricia Knott (49) said she was not taking any chances, so straight after the earthquake had stopped she started filling up water bottles.

Her kit consists of water, a first aid kit, a wind up torch and radio, candles, matches, a lighter and long-life food items.

“I also keep a second kit in my car, just in case,” she said.

Knott MAIN 3 cans 350Mrs Knott said the Civil Defence advertisements after the Christchurch earthquake originally gave her the idea to start a kit.

“I had already started a kit but I hadn’t checked it until Sunday evening.”

“I think more people will start preparing kits after feeling a decent quake first hand. It’s a big wake-up call for Wellingtonians.”

Mr Butcher said the earthquake safety messages taught in school should be re-addressed by everybody.

“We encourage people to drop, cover and hold. Everyone would have learnt this in school.

“Door frames are safe as long as you remember to hold onto the door and don’t let it swing freely.”

To find out more about how to prepare visit www.getthru.govt.nz

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