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Tsunami inundation maps released

 19 Dec 2019 - Council released a new Tsunami Inundation Assessment Report and maps showing inundation zones for our region.

Council as the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group approved publishing the report following confirmation that the information met the required national standard for tsunami modelling. 

The report and maps are based on new research into modelling of a local tsunami generated from a magnitude 8.9 earthquake centered in the Hikurangi Subduction Zone off the East Coast.

Chief Executive, Nedine Thatcher-Swann says a final review was requested to give assurance that the zones that could be affected by a local tsunami meet national guidelines.

Here's the report and inundation maps
Questions and answers about the inundation zones.

Evacuation routes will be added to the maps as soon as we have them. 

Being prepared for a disaster

It's important that you're prepared for a disaster. Get ready now so that you're better prepared to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more.

As a minimum, everyone needs: 

♦ enough food in your home to last 2-3 days.
♦ know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.  
♦ alternative lighting - a torch with spare batteries or a wind up one, gas lantern or light-sticks. 
♦ a battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort. 
♦ a first-aid kit, make sure you have essential medications. 
♦ blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing. 
♦ alternative cooking methods - BBQ or gas cooker. 
♦ to store important family documents where you can get them easily
♦ an emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated.

Useful links

Rain and river levels - check environmental monitoring 
For local road conditions - check our road updates 
For state highway updates - go to NZTA's website(external link) 
For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website(external link) 

We will broadcast over these stations during an emergency: 945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB  |  585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  90.9 FM - ZGFM  |  98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  98.9 FM - More FM (Urban Gisborne)  |  90.1 FM - More FM (rural areas)  |  94.9 FM - Radio Live  |  95.7 FM - Turanga FM  |  88.5 FM - Uawa

Review of our CDEM function

An internal review of Tairawhiti Civil Defence and Emergency Management was carried out in December 2018. Here's a summary of the 40 recommendations presented to the CDEM Meeting 9 May 2019(external link)