Thursday, April 25, 2024

Govt stands ready to assist as Cyclone Gabrielle threatens

Minister for Emergency Management, Kieran McAnulty says the Government stands ready to support communities that may be impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.

“Cyclone Gabrielle is likely to impact across the North Island with severe gales and heavy rain forecast from Sunday through to Tuesday. That gives us time to plan and prepare – and this preparation is well underway,” Minister McAnulty said.

“It’s difficult to predict exactly what course the cyclone will take, but if the cyclone continues on its current path it’s likely to be a severe weather event impacting communities in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, northern and eastern Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.

“The Government is taking this very seriously and is ready to respond to keep people safe and support impacted communities.”

Th Minister said www.getready.govt.nz has tips on how to make a household emergency plan, what emergency supplies you need, and what you need to do to prepare for a storm, such as clearing storm drains and gutters, and tying down loose structures like trampolines and outdoor furniture.

“As the cyclone gets closer we’ll have more information and advice so there will be more updates as things progress. The changing nature of the cyclone means everyone in Northern, Central and Eastern North Island should be on alert,” he said.

“MetService will issue weather warnings and forecasts, local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups and councils will provide updates and advice based on their regions, Waka Kotahi will provide updates on the roads, and NEMA will provide nationwide updates and advice as well as amplifying the messages of local councils and CDEM Groups.

“We have been given assurance that Civil Defence and other agencies will regularly update all of their channels, including social media. I also encourage people to stay up-to-date with media reports and make sure you have a battery-powered radio in case of power outages.”

He said NEMA was continuing to operate its National Coordination Centre, and stood ready to scale up to coordinate whatever assistance impacted regions need.

“NEMA is facilitating all requests for national assistance from Auckland Emergency Management including military personnel.”

“It’s been a really tough month with communities still badly affected from last month’s flooding which makes some areas more vulnerable. It’s very important we all use this time to get prepared so we can weather the storm.

“Above all, please stay safe and don’t take any chances. Do what you can to prepare your home and whānau for the coming days,” said Mr McAnulty.

How to stay updated

NEMA (national advice and amplifying local advice and updates)

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/nzcivildefence 

MetService (weather warnings and forecast)

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Waka Kotahi (roading updates)

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/WakaKotahi_news

Northland CDEM (local advice and updates)

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Auckland CDEM (local advice and updates)

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AucklandCDEM

Waikato CDEM (local advice and updates)

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/civildefenceWKT

Bay of Plenty CDEM (local advice and updates)

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Tairāwhiti CDEM Group (local advice and updates)

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Hawkes Bay CDEM (local advice and updates)

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Taranaki CDEM (local advice and updates)

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