Kapiti Council comes knocking
26 May, 2016
A reminder for Waikanae and Peka Peka residents who live in the tsunami evacuation zones. This Sunday the Kapiti Coast District Council will be door-knocking with help from Red Cross, Volunteer Kapiti, WREMO and MCDEM to help Kapiti get tsunami ready. Once we've finished door-knocking these communities, our door-knockers will take a break over Queen's Birthday before moving on to Raumati.
The November 2017 Kaikoura earthquake raised concerns about tsunami awareness and preparedness in Kapiti and nationally.
Group Manager Corporate Services Wayne Maxwell says that it's important to work together as a community to protect ourselves and be prepared.
"In Kapiti there are over 8000 properties sitting in tsunami evacuation zones, and over 20,000 people living in those zones. We know from tsunami overseas that it's important not to get complacent and that planning can save lives, so we want to help people get better prepared," says Mr Maxwell.
The Council will also host drop-in info sessions in each community to answer any questions and have a community conversation about warning systems in Kapiti. These will kick off in Waikanae on 7 June.
"We know that there was confusion after the November earthquake within our community around whether or not people living in evacuation zones should evacuate, and that some were concerned about the absence of tsunami warning sirens," says Mr Maxwell.
"These sessions are a chance for the community to come and talk to us about what's in place, and the pros and cons of different options we could consider in the future."
More information can be found at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/Our-District/cdem/Tsunami/how-were-helping-kapiti-get-tsunami-ready/
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