Geared up and ready for winter

27 May 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

 

The cold weather over the past few days is a timely reminder to the residents of Canterbury to think ahead and plan for all that the winter season can bring.

In previous years, Cantabrians have experienced flooding, wind storms and power outages.  This year we’ve already seen the first touch of snow.  Before the worst of the weather strikes, it is a good idea to review household emergency plans, learn more about storms, floods and landslides, and restock those emergency kits.

“We understand people in Canterbury have experienced their fair share of weather-related events over the past few years and may think they know all there is to getting through winter unscathed,” said Neville Reilly, the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller.  

“Unfortunately, nature can be unpredictable and communities can help themselves to reduce the impact of winter weather by determining their risk and getting households ready.”

“Everyone should have the essential items to enable them to be self-sufficient for three days or more.”

This includes having stocks of food, water, warm clothing, fuel, alternative lighting, any personal medications and other emergency supplies on hand. Have a backup plan if your health depends on your power supply.

“Snow can have a significant impact in our region over winter. It only takes a few centimetres on a road to make driving dangerous.  In large quantities it can disrupt transport, communications and supply lines, so hampering the work of emergency services and increasing the risks to the vulnerable members of the community.”

Mr Reilly advised it is good practice for those planning travel over mountain passes in winter to take chains with them and to check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out.

“As well as chains, it is a good idea to carry an emergency kit in the car that includes a warm blanket, water and a first aid kit.”

Members of the public should contact their local council for further Civil Defence information.

Local information can be found here www.cdemcanterbury.govt.nz and https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyEM  Weather conditions and warnings can be found at www.metservice.com

For more information contact:

Environment Canterbury Media on behalf of CDEM Canterbury

media@ecan.govt.nz

0272215259

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