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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Mabel died the same day she went missing

LSAR Mabel died the same day she went missing

"A partially blind elderly Rotorua woman who was missing for seven days died on the day she disappeared.

Mabel Jamieson's body was found on a property on Amohau St in April this year after a massive week-long search.

A coroner's inquest yesterday into Mabel's death has found the 79-year-old died from a heart attack on the day she went missing.

Heart problems probably caused Mabel to become disoriented when she left her house in Larch St to walk to the Parksyde Older Person's Community Centre on Tarewa Rd, despite it being a route she walked often."

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Search resumes for missing elderly woman in Christchurch

LSAR Search resumes for missing elderly woman in Christchurch

"Christchurch police [and Land SAR volunteers] resumed a search this morning for an Alzheimers sufferer who has been missing since yesterday morning."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

IAEM supports FEMA Reform

IAEM supports FEMA Reform

IAEM (The International Association of Emergency Managers) has made a press release supporting the FEMA Reforms proposed in the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Bill so as to "restore FEMA’s resources and authority before another catastrophic event happens."

Severe quake could deal harshly with Waverley

CD Severe quake could deal harshly with Waverley

"WAVERLEY may not experience a severe earthquake again for thousands of years – but being on a fault line means the effects could be severe when it does.

A northeast-southwest trending fault line runs through the southeastern part of the town. South Taranaki District Council commissioned the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) to do a study on this in 1995 and 1996 and the results were presented to residents in 1997."

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Listening to the Alpine Fault

CD Listening to the Alpine Fault

"Understanding why one part of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault has so few earthquakes compared to elsewhere on the fault is the focus of a research project at Victoria University.

Recently, nine seismographs were installed between Fox Glacier and Harihari, from the lowlands to elevations up to 1200m in the Southern Alps. They will record ground motion over the next six months including many small earthquakes below the threshold of human perception.

The Alpine Fault is a major fault that runs along the foothills of the Southern Alps and extends for over 400 km from Fiordland to Marlborough."

Councils do not produce survival kits

CD Councils do not produce survival kits

"Christchurch City Council and Civil Defence have not produced an emergency survival kit for sale to householders in Christchurch.

“We have become aware that someone is going door-to-door in the city marketing survival kits,” says the Council’s Manager of Civil Defence and Emergency Management Murray Sinclair.

Residents who have called the Council have said the person claims to be working on behalf of the Council and Civil Defence."
“We do not have anyone representing the Council for Civil Defence purposes going door-to-door. Councils in New Zealand do not produce their own survival kits for on-selling,” says Mr Sinclair.

“We have not seen this particular survival kit so cannot comment on its contents. And, while we urge every household to be prepared for an emergency, we recommend anyone looking to purchase a kit, to check it out and be satisfied it meets their needs.”

Householders can prepare their own survival kits following the guidelines on the last page of the Yellow Pages phone directory or on the Get Thru website at www.getthru.govt.nz"

[Entire article from - Press Release: Christchurch City Council on Scoop - see link]

Unathorized Radio Operator Who Interfered With Government Frequencies Sentenced To Seven Years

Unathorized Radio Operator Who Interfered With Government Frequencies Sentenced To Seven Years

An unauthorized radio operator that interfered with an Amateur Radio Operator operating for the Coast Guard Auxiliary during a marine Search and Rescue Operation, amongst other instances of interfence to public safety communications, has been sentenced to seven years.

Quake shakes Far North area `like a sonic boom'

CD Quake shakes Far North area `like a sonic boom'

"A loud bang accompanying an earthquake centred off Takou Bay on Sunday had some coastal residents checking the sky for a meteor.

A GeoNet report says the 8.34am earthquake 20km east of Kaeo and 20km north of Kerikeri was centred at a depth of 5km and had a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale."

Monday, September 18, 2006

Bird flu high on agenda at annual regional WHO meeting

CD Bird flu high on agenda at annual regional WHO meeting

"Bird flu will be high on the agenda at the World Health Organisation's annual regional meeting, for the third year in a row.

Health ministers and representatives from 27 western Pacific countries will meet in Auckland today to discuss issues ranging from alcoholism and drug-resistant diseases to the exodus of health workers from developing nations.

But avian influenza is expected to be one of the more prominent topics at the meeting.

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