IN ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE
Tune your radio to AM 567 or FM 101.7 (National Radio) or 89.3FM or 1035AM (Newstalk ZB Wellington). Emergency Management Officials will be broadcasting advice for the community and giving situation updates.
Ring EQC (0800 326 243) to register a new claim (this is a different event from July's Earthquake).
If renting, notify your landlord or property manager immediately for them to take action. They will advise you on what you need to do next.
Ring the insurance company you are insured with for damage to your contents.
If further assistance is needed, drop in to the Awatere Community Information Office or phone 03 575 7975
For immediate assistance, securing broken windows, roofs and chimneys, tradesmen are available through the Awatere Community Information Office.
Skips are available by the community pool and back car park of Supervalue.
The transfer station will be open to dispose of damaged items free of charge from Monday to Sunday 9am-4pm (Please stack any whiteware alongside the skip).
All water used for drinking, food preparation or cleaning teeth should be boiled. Treated water is available from the school as usual.
Rural properties requiring bottled water, please Contact Kevin at Seddon Supervalue to arrange delivery (03 575 7186).
Residents affected by the damage to the Blind River and Wheelers Hill reservoirs, who require stock water to be delivered while repairs are being undertaken, should contact either Stephen Rooney or Erica Hobbs at the council offices on 520 7400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Awatere Community Information Office is co-ordinating all requests for accommodation - it has options for short term assistance. Also, Housing NZ is advising anyone displaced by the earthquake to contact its customer service centre on 0800 801 601 to apply for housing assistance. Once it has the application it can match people to houses based on the urgency of their situation. Information leaflets are available at the Awatere Community Information Office.
If you need assistance to clean up your property please contact the Awatere Community Information Office as they have offers of volunteer assistance.
Donations to Mayoral Relief Fund
Financial donations may be made through internet banking - account number 02 0600 0202 861 00 and noting Earthquake Fund, or they may be made at the Council offices.
Work and Income can be contacted through 0800 559 009 for those needing food or other assistance where they are uninsured - the normal assessment process and criteria will apply.
Victim Support - 0800 842 846
Work & Income - 0800 559 009
Top of the South Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254
Old Renwick Road at Omaka ford
Reserve Road at ford
Ward Beach Road at ford
Marfells Beach Road at the beach
Atkinson Road is open but extreme caution is advised due to a large slump in the road
Kaparu Road - slips
Take extra care at bridge approaches due to some bank slumping, particularly on Blind River Loop Road
State Highway 1 - road conditions are rough in places, particularly between Seddon and Ward
Drivers are advised to take extreme care on all roads and to be aware that there is still debris and damage in places, including approaches to bridges.
Instructions to Marlborough residents:
Expect aftershocks. When they happen, drop, cover, and hold on.
Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.
Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe, get everyone out.
Use the stairs, not an elevator, and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines.
Stay out of damaged areas.
Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard after an earthquake.
Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
Help people who need special assistance - infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly.
Follow the instructions of your Civil Defence authorities.
For national updates, check civildefence.govt.nz
- The Marlborough Express