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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Prepare for disaster

CD Prepare for disaster

"Hawke's Bay is well prepared for emergencies, but people will still have to take responsibility for themselves for at least three days after a big disaster, a civil defence manager says.

Nigel Simpson, co-ordinator of the Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, said a nationwide exercise responding to a make-believe tsunami in May revealed no significant problems in Hawke's Bay.

"We had a good result."

Exercise Pacific Wave, held in a bunker beneath Parliament on May 17, prompted a report from the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Ministry, revealing confusion, a lack of staff and inadequate communication systems to handle a big emergency properly."

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