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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Tsunami team explores putting sirens in homes

CD Tsunami team explores putting sirens in homes

"Tsunami alarms may be installed in people's homes and extra outdoor sirens added to boost the Western Bay's disaster warning network.

Emergency management officials want to investigate the new siren system after the current operation came under heavy fire for not being loud enough.

Developed by Aucklander Wilfried Roding, the Meerkat Alert needs 24-hour access to power. Under the plan, civil defence officials would have to get Powerco to set off the alarms.

Small sirens could be set up inside residential homes and outdoor sirens fixed to suitable structures to sound the alarm."

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Friday, September 15, 2006

‘Professional Volunteer’ is special

‘Professional Volunteer’ is special

While the article is about the Coastguard, Jim Anderton makes some very good comments about the ‘Professional Volunteer’ which relates to Land SAR and Civil Defence.

Emergency rural phone scheme to be trialled

CD Emergency rural phone scheme to be trialled

"Telecom is about to trial a scheme proposed by South Canterbury farmers to keep rural phone lines operating when the power is out.

Heavy snow in Canterbury and flooding in the Manawatu and Wanganui regions this winter meant some farmers were without phones for several weeks."

Alerts to be texted

CD Alerts to be texted

"A free text-messaging emergency notification service has been set up in conjunction with Manawatu District Council.

New Zealand company OPTN Ltd introduced the system in Tauranga last month, and hopes to extend its coverage throughout the country."

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Power cut hits half of South Island

CD Power cut hits half of South Island

"Contractors accidentally cut power to 130,000 homes and businesses in the South Island yesterday.

Nelson, Marlborough, Motueka, Golden Bay, North Canterbury and Buller were without electricity for about two hours from 4.40pm as the result of a mistake at the Islington sub-station in Christchurch.

The power cut left businesses unable to ring up sales and affected phone lines.

Yesterday's problem follows a string of major cuts around the country this year, including one in Auckland in June that left 700,000 people without power and cost businesses millions of dollars.

Transpower spokesman Chris Roberts said a mistake was to blame for the latest incident."

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

NZ not immune from terrorist attack - US expert

CD NZ not immune from terrorist attack - US expert

"New Zealand was not immune from a terrorist attack, an American Middle East expert and national security analyst said today.

Anthony Cordesman told an audience at the United States Embassy in Wellington – to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in America – that western countries would remain at risk even if al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden were removed.

He said that terrorism was part of a much "broader struggle" in the Middle East and people needed to exercise caution when viewing the "growing crisis" which had been building for decades."

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Huge explosion heard in Canterbury

Huge explosion heard in Canterbury

The boom that had Canterbury talking. Was it an explosion, was it a sonic boom, and was it from "space junk" or from a meteorite. Then the search and test of suposed bits of the object.

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Hurricane Florence Approaches Bermuda

CD Hurricane Florence Approaches Bermuda

"Bermuda's government told residents to prepare for powerful winds and high seas on Sunday as Hurricane Florence headed toward the British Atlantic territory and looked poised to strengthen.

After gaining hurricane status early on Sunday, the storm's maximum sustained winds were at 90 mph (145 kph), easily making it a Category 1 hurricane, the least powerful on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters predicted Florence would intensify to Category 2 as it passed Bermuda on Monday morning. Category 2 hurricanes have top sustained winds of at least 96 mph (154 kph) and are capable of moderate damage."

Mountain biker missing, and then found

LSAR Mountain biker missing, and then found

"A mountain biker who went missing in the Nelson area overnight has been found safe and well.

The 28-year-old man was reported missing last night by family members when he did not come home after spending the day on Dun Mountain.

A team of 30 search and rescue workers spent the night looking for him."

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Auckland not up to scratch for emergency response

CD Auckland not up to scratch for emergency response

"A new report has identified key shortcomings in Auckland's ability to cope in a disaster.

The report, commissioned by the Auckland Regional Council, outlines that its communications and warning capabilities would not be up to scratch in the event of an emergency.

Seventeen recommendations have now been made to rectify that and other problems."