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September 7, 2010

New Zealand television “Things to Know” advice after the Christchurch earthquake

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on September 7, 2010

This is from the TV New Zealand website.  I don’t know what internet access is available after the quake, but from the perspective of someone (me) who’s never managed an earthquake response, the list and links look helpful and well organized.  It’s almost as if someone thought this through before the event.

From the perspective of someone who’s been through a half dozen earthquakes (me) — all of them minor — the site has the kind of information I want to know if minor turns to major.

I suppose we have the equivalent information in this country. I’m traveling in California, and if there were a large earthquake right now (and if I had internet access), I’m not sure what site I’d go to for advice.

Maybe I ought to find out, especially considering it’s National Preparedness Month.

(This looks like a good place to start: http://www.shakeout.org/.)

But whatever site I go to, I doubt I would find writing like this: “Bus services have recommenced.”

Or bank account numbers.


Canterbury quake: Things you need to know

5:42PM Tuesday September 07, 2010

Help lines and official websites
Information and updates for Canterbury residents can be found at the Canterbury Earthquake website or the Environment Canterbury website.

Also check out the Civil Defence website for important information and the Chch City Council website .

Other important numbers are:
Earthquake Government Helpline (24 hours): 0800 779 997

Healthline (24 hours): 0800 611 116

Earthquake Commission (EQC): 0800 DAMAGE 326 243

For earthquake reports and monitoring, go to the Geonet website.

For Non-English language speakers who need support, the Language Line service which provides interpreters in forty languages is available via the Earthquake Government Helpline and Healthline.
If there is danger to life or serious danger to property, call 111.

Donation Information
The following organisations are accepting donations for those affected by the earthquake.

Salvation Army –  on their website or by post  PO Box 27 001 Marion Square, Wellington 6141, New Zealand.

The Red Cross – Make an automatic $20 donation by phoning 0900 33 200.

ASB –  Donations can be made at any ASB branch, via internet banking direct to the appeal account or through ASB Contact Centre (0800 803 804). Account details are: Canterbury Earthquake Appeal 2010, 12-3192-0015998-01

ANZ and National Bank – ANZ branch (account number: 01-1839-0188939-00) or at any National Bank (account number: 06-0869-0548507-00).

Kiwibank – The account number is 38-9009-0759479-00 and the account name is Red Cross.

BNZ – Donations can be made at any BNZ branch or online to:  Canterbury Mayoral Relief Fund Appeal Account: 02-0800-0840040-000.

BNZ Salvation Army Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Account: 02-0500-0989994-000.

BNZ Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Account: 02 – 0500 – 0982004 – 000.

Water and Waste
People living in the Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts should assume at the moment that tap water is unsafe and contaminated until advised by the Council that it is safe.

All tap water should be boiled for three minutes before drinking, brushing teeth or washing/preparing food.

Councils will be testing water supplies intensively over the next few days and will advise when water is safe to use without boiling. Even though water may look clear, it should be treated as contaminated and unsafe to drink due to damaged underground water and sewerage pipes.

Water tankers are delivering water in the Waimakariri District and Christchurch City.

Sewerage and water supply infrastructure continue to be affected in the low lying eastern areas of Christchurch City and Waimakariri District as well as rural areas in Selwyn District.

There is currently discharge into the Halswell River in Selwyn District. For Christchurch city, waste water trunk mains are intact but there is significant localised damage, and the waste water treatment plant is still running on bypass.

Go to the Environment Canterbury website for information about emergency water locations.

For information about storing or treating water visit the Get Thru website .

Where water is not available, people should be advised to make a temporary toilet with a bin lined with two plastic bags.

The bin should be covered between uses.

The contents can be buried when the bin is no longer needed. Details of how to make a temporary toilet can be found here.

Welfare centres are open 24 hours: Welfare Centres – Canterbury Earthquake ( Ministry of Social Development website ).

The welfare centre at Burnside High School is closed due to aftershock damage.

There is one centre open in the Waimakariri District and a new welfare centre has opened up for Selwyn District residents at the Rolleston Community Centre

The District Council says additional centres will be opened in other locations around the district in the next 24 hours.

Psychosocial needs are gaining importance and likely to continue to increase.

A psychosocial support strategy is being developed with welfare and health agencies, including information for first responders.

Metro bus services started operating on Tuesday 7 September for Christchurch, Selwyn, and Waimakariri districts, with some exceptions.

Bus services have recommenced. For further information go to www.metroinfo.co.nz.

All schools will be closed until at least Monday 13 September.

For further information visit the Ministry of Education website .

For information about insurance and making a claim, go to the EQC (Earthquake Commission) website.

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September 7, 2010 @ 3:23 am

Kids attending cyber schools have a big advantage. The parents too. Everything is a potential playground when you are a kid.

It’s a challenge, so award prizes.


September 7, 2010 @ 3:38 am

The I’m orange-She’s pink dept.. They’ll need the big list.


September 7, 2010 @ 3:50 am

Boxer Rebellion of 1900. The Chinese government was extorted and Russia sent troops. Lets have a Boxer Rebellion of 2010 and send boxes of US supplies. They need troops like another crack in the road.

Comment by Mark Chubb

September 7, 2010 @ 9:02 am

From what I can tell from speaking with friends back in Christchurch, internet access and cellular telephone service remained largely interrupted after the earthquake. The cellular network did overload for awhile, but SMS or text messages got through with little or no delay.

Some people who relied on ADSL or PSTN for internet access did experience interruptions. But broadband access is widely available in Christchurch as is wireless service, so many people had communication with the outside world.

Since Sunday, I have been able to reach almost anyone on the first try. Several have communicated with my wife or me using VOiP services.

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