N.B. CREST is suspended indefinitely and inoperable, as of 27 June 2018 - see Cashmere-News-Diary-28Jun2018
Cashmere Community Response Plan
civil preparedness - by our community, for our community
Having water, food, a gas barbeque or camping cooker, torch, radio, dry clothing and warmth to last you for at least three days in your home is recommended. Ref.
http://www.ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/civildefence/bereadygetthru.aspx. Include food for any household pets.
With city council support, arrangement has been made to open a community emergency hub if required. That is, if you don't have supplies or are cold or need assurance, or can't reach someone located elsewhere, please go to Cashmere Presbyterian Church Centre, corner of Macmillan Avenue and Dyers Pass Road; phone 332-7129. But don't go out (in snow e.g.) unless you really have to - stay safe.
The signal that the hub is opening will be if our hill access roads close or electricity supply is lost, for an extended period (six hours / two or more mealtimes), or a civil emergency is declared. We are able to work together and resolve any request for help from the hub location: safe shelter, First Aid, a hot drink, transport, coordinating volunteers, communication, food and door-knocking.
Look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable.
Note: CREST - the Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - was formalised to embody a Cashmere community response plan, at Cashmere Church on 25 September 2013. Monthly CREST committee meetings had begun, and the first draft notes towards a Cashmere Community Response Plan were shared 30 April 2014. From ongoing revision, the Plan was then agreed operative by CREST committee on 25 March 2015 - it forms an ever-evolving response manual that we collaboratively develop and share with relevant authorities. The Plan core is summarised in the 2015 graphics produced above.
From its inception, CREST has enjoyed the support of the Rotary Club Of Cashmere as well as from CCC CDEM support staff. Thank you very much for this critical assistance.
Instances of Cashmere local emergency response:
20Jun2013 Emergency News - email to CRA subscribers - CREST plan initiation - snow
15Feb2017 Emergency News - email to CRA subscribers - CREST plan activation - fire
FYI, e.g. there is also an "Aranui and Surroundings Districts Emergency Community Response Plan" written there - see 'ACTIS' : actis.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Emergency-Response-Plan-booklet.pdf - and the Sumner Community Disaster Response Group
More info: GetThru.govt.nz
Community-driven response planning [old link] Wellington Region Emergency Management Office + Wellington Community Emergency Hubs + When to open the Community Emergency Hub decision tree flow-chart pdf
People in Disasters Conference 2016 24-26 February in Christchurch [defunct link]
Promoting resilience New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Recovery 2010-2017
Emergency centres may fail quake standards RadioNZ 26Oct2017
Radio ref. Signals NZ Ltd 12 Birmingham Drive, Middleton
A Sea Change in 2018 for Emergency Preparedness "Survival is a local issue - the cavalry is not coming" Michael Mabee The Civil Defense Book: Emergency Preparedness for a Rural or Suburban Community US author
International Association of Emergency Managers "to advance the profession by promoting the principles.. to serve its members by providing information, networking & professional development opportunities" IAEM.com US
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