Locals will now be safer in the event of a tsunami following the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group’s (CDEM) publication comprehensive tsunami evacuation maps for the entire region.
The online maps, which are also being produced by civil defence groups around the country for their respective regions, identify risk areas and explain the expected evacuation zones in the event of a tsunami.
Nelson Tasman CDEM Group Controller, Roger Ball, says the maps are intended to act as a guide for residents about what areas could be affected should there be a threat of tsunami.
“It’s about being prepared and understanding the risk to your local community. It will help prepare residents on how to react effectively in an emergency.
“While our region as a whole is less exposed to tsunami risks than other parts of New Zealand, it is still important to be prepared.”
He says the maps will assist Nelson Tasman CDEM to work with local communities to identify evacuation routes, signage and public alerting options going forward.
“We are also heading out into the community to discuss and refine the emergency response plans for different local communities, allowing each of them to be better prepared in the event of a tsunami,” he says.
The maps are based on information from a study by GNS Science in 2014, jointly commissioned by Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.
Those interested in learning more about the tsunami risk and evacuation maps are invited to attend one of the public meetings that will be held throughout the region in May.
Public meetings in Tasman
Tuesday 3 May, 4.30 – 5.40pm, Motueka Community Board meeting, Motueka Service Centre, Hickmott Place, Motueka
Saturday 7 May, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Club Waimea, Queen Street, Richmond
Monday 9 May, 7-8pm, Mapua, Mapua Hall
Tuesday 10 May, 10 – 11am, Golden Bay Community Board meeting, Takaka Fire Station;
6.30 – 8.30pm, Kaiteriteri Campground, Kaiteriteri
Public meetings in Nelson
Wednesday 3 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Nelson North, Nelson North Country Club, Wakapuaka
Saturday 7 May, 10am – 12pm, Nelson Central, Tahuna Function Centre, Tahuna Campground
To view the tsunami evacuation maps and for more information on what do in a tsunami go to: nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz