One-stop shop for disasters

MICHAEL FORBES
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013

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Everything you need to know in the event of a natural disaster is now in one convenient spot online.

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (Wremo) has launched www.getprepared.org.nz, which will provide vital information and guidance.

All of the region's nine councils will update it with important information in the wake of a disaster, rather than use their own individual websites.

Emergency management adviser Sarah Gauden-Ing said the site would allow Civil Defence to get a clear and consistent message out across the region.

"If you live in Porirua, work in Wellington, and your partner is out in the Hutt Valley, then you won't have to visit three different websites to find out what's going on," she said.

The new website had been on the cards since all of the region's Civil Defence offices merged to create Wremo in July last year.

The later half of this year has seen an "unprecedented" of activity from Wremo.

It co-ordinated the response to a storm that knocked out power to 30,000 homes in June, as well as the Cook Strait earthquakes in July and August.

Those three events have seen Wremo's following on Facebook skyrocket to more than 35,000.

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- The Dominion Post

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