Central Leader : March 30th 2011
2 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 30, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 630 5419 Fax 630 5435 Editor Katherine Forbes email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Jeff Clayton email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 52,975 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday/ Friday to Balmoral, Epsom, Greenlane, Hillsborough, Lynfield, Mt Albert (south of railway line), Mt Eden, Mt Roskill, Morningside, New Windsor, One Tree Hill, Onehunga, Oranga, Owairaka, Penrose (not Te Papapa), Royal Oak, Sandringham, Three Kings. Unit 1.3, 72 Dominion Road. Private Bag 56910, Mt Eden. www.centralleader.co.nz Bunkers, bloopers and Blackberries There are significant risks involving experts who control emergencies like major tsunamis heading for Auckland. They presume too much. They could be guilty of unrecognised ageism. And they're under the age of 50 and are poss- ibly a computer whizz with all the bells and whistles. And a Blackberry of course. That's my reaction to the official response to a letter from Brian Worsfold in this paper's sister publication the Rodney Times. New to Orewa, and no doubt with his reflexes twitching with all that has happened in Japan, he had gone to the Yel- low Pages looking for what could be split- second guidance on what to do with a huge wave already on the way in. The Yellow Page guid- ance was anything but tuned to his needs at that rather pressing moment -- Find out what warning systems are in place in our com- munity and what you need to do''. Good basic advice if there's time to take it. But there's a strong probability that the Big One might be propelling you and your house inland at very high speed by the time you finish reading that. So after you somehow return -- from the Kaipara or wherever it dumps you -- you will be all the more anxious to get helpful advice before aftershocks set you off on a secondary tsunami. When Mr Worsfold's letter was referred by the Rodney Times to Paul Green, who carries the impressive title of regional emergency planning and intelli- gence operations man- ager'', he made all the right noises about police having developed full plans for a fast evacu- ation of affected areas should one be deemed necessary''. That's when inform- ation-seekers of a certain maturity and/or with dis- abilities could feel under- standable worries. The council plans for the fact that not every- one can self-evacuate'' -- this sounds remotely like advice on the use of an enema in a very old medical journal. But for those who can self-evacuate'' the advice is to move to higher ground if you feel an earthquake -- don't wait until there is a tsunami alarm. Head for the hills. That's assuming that there is some distant warning signal which penetrates your hearing aid earpiece, that you know what it's about and that your mobility scooter can handle the gradient to suitable higher ground. And that the noise and rumble of a passing, overloaded truck doesn't set you off to the nearest hills for no good reason. But that's not all for the high proportion of citizens born in the 1940s and before. The regional emerg- ency planning and intel- ligence operations man- ager goes on: There is a free text alert early warning system for Rod- ney residents'' (and pre- sumably other areas in the great land mass so recently converted into a pseudo supercity) which they can sign up to by texting OPTNRDCD to 2678''. Of course everyone but me has got texting on their mobile, haven't they? How silly of me. That's if they've got a mobile. And that their grandchildren have taught them how to use it.If you haven't then my advice is to contact some- one on the Kaipara -- using an old-style phone -- to let them know that you could be dropping in some time, a passenger in a passing tsunami. For those with status symbol Blackberries, gooseberries or raspberries, whatever, once you've worked your way through OPTN RDCD to 2678, you will be registered to receive text notifications of Civil Defence emergencies'' -- perhaps on one of the devices you don't happen to own. But there's even more. For more information about this service go to www.aucklandcouncil. govt.nz (click the link to Rodney District Coun- cil).'' Hold on, hold on. What's this Rodney Dis- trict Council bit? I thought the other Rodney (Hide), much against our views, did away with that august body last year. Or did some rehabilitated refu- gee civil servant simply type in that address because the habits of a lifetime die hard? Maybe the best plan is to somehow make con- tact with them to see if they've got spare room to garage mobility scooters, recharge mobile batter- ies and share their emergency rations when it's most needed. If that doesn't appeal to you there's another last resort from Paul Green, regional emerg- ency planning, etc, etc''. I mean, for all we know, he could be oper- ating from that secret bunker with the old Rod- ney District Council links. Wherever he is, and if you have a computer he suggests all the infor- mation needed can be found at the govern- ment's website www.get- thru.govt.nz''. Or you could call Auckland Civil Defence on (09) 301-0101 and they'll send you a brochure. Would you believe it -- that stamp nonsense? No not the wrong date for William Windsor's birthday on the back- ground booklet which went out with the special royal wedding stamps -- and forced an embarrass- ing and presumably costly recall to put right. No not that. 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