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Tsunami Information Evenings coming soon in the Waimakariri

Thursday, July 22, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: seminar, disasters, emergencies, preparation

Waimakariri District Council media release: 21st July 2021

Residents are being invited to hear directly from the tsunami experts and ask questions in a series of public meetings that kick off next week.

The recent June flooding event meant that some meetings had to be rescheduled, and new dates are now set for Kaiapoi, Woodend, The Pines Beach/ Kairaki and an online event will be held for those who can't attend in person.

The Know Your Zone information evenings will be hosted by Waimakariri District Council and Civil Defence. The sessions are being held in coastal areas throughout the District and follow the release of new tsunami evacuation zones earlier this year.

With the introduction of a yellow evacuation zone covering large parts of Kaiapoi and part of Pegasus, Emergency Management Advisor for the Waimakariri District Council Brennan Wiremu says they are expecting a high level of interest from those communities.

“For a lot of these people, it will be the first time they have lived inside an evacuation zone and our message to them is ‘don’t be scared, be prepared’.”

Principal Science Advisor on Natural Hazards for Environment Canterbury Justin Cope will explain how recent modelling has given us a better understanding of the tsunami risk to Pegasus Bay. He’ll describe the various tsunami scenarios that could affect the Waimakariri coastline and what the potential impacts could be.

Brennan’s presentation will look at the new evacuation zones in detail and give practical tips for how people can be better prepared at home.

"The evacuation zones are based on worst-case scenarios,” says Brennan. “Tsunamis that affect land are rare, so residents don’t need to be alarmed, however they should have a plan for what to do if they need to evacuate.”

Dates for Know Your Zone Information Evenings

There will also be an online-only event on Wednesday 11th August 2021 (starting at 7pm) for those who cannot attend in person - accessible via Facebook or YouTube.

People living in the affected areas will be receiving an information pack in their mailboxes.

Find out more at the tsunami zones for the Waimakariri District.