Tawa residents given opportunity to review emergency response plan

Tawa residents given opportunity to review emergency response plan

Tawa has an emergency response plan. Pictured from left: WREMO advisor Kerry McSaveney, Wellington City councillor Jill Day and Tawa Community Board member Liz Langham. PHOTO: Sean Nugent.

The Tawa community was given the opportunity to review their suburb’s emergency response plan on Neighbours’ Day last Saturday.

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office displayed the plan outside Tawa New World, where shoppers could contribute any ideas.

Many people contributed throughout the day, listing several new local resources that could be useful for various purposes during an emergency as well as the locations of items such as defibrillators that could be required in an emergency.

Emergency management advisor Kerry McSaveney said that bringing the plan to the public was beneficial for both parties.

“[The public] can look and say “oh’ I thought of something” or “hey, my group’s not here! New things come like the new pub, The Borough, and things go like the St. Peter’s Opshop, so we’ve got to keep it up-to-date.”

McSaveney said it was important to know the capabilities and limits of the resources in the area.

“We want to be as realistic as possible, and if someone’s made a suggestion that isn’t actually what an organisation can do, then that organisation never will. So we’re tidying it up and making it a better plan so it’s a lot more accurate.”

McSaveney said it was close to finalising the emergency response plan for Tawa, which would see the suburb join a host of others in the region with similar plans including Khandallah, Karori, Island Bay and Newtown.

The plans had been developed to make use of the skills and resources found within communities that could assist those needing aid before emergency services arrive.

“It’s all about neighbours helping neighbours,” McSaveney said.

The finalised plan will be released in the coming weeks.

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