Chch ready for future disaster
After almost three years of routinely leaping to door frames and cowering under desks, it is no surprise that Canterbury residents are prepared for an emergency.
However, shaken Cantabrians still trail primed and practised Wellington, research released today by Civil Defence shows.
The survey, undertaken to gauge the effectiveness of the Get Ready Get Thru emergency preparedness campaign, shows 26 per cent of Canterbury residents are fully prepared for an emergency, compared with a national average of 17 per cent.
Of the major centres, Auckland lags behind, with only 11 per cent of residents saying they are prepared, and the capital streaks ahead with 32 per cent ready for a disaster.
However, these results mark a decline in emergency preparedness in Canterbury since 2012, when 32 per cent of people said they were totally practised for a disaster.
Southland residents appear the most complacent, with just 9 per cent of people saying they would be fully prepared should a disaster strike.
The sample size was weighted to 2006 census figures to represent New Zealanders aged over 15 in each region, with a sample pool of 131 Cantabrians interviewed in the study.
Ninety-one per cent of Cantabrians say they have the necessary emergency items to survive a disaster, beaten only by Northland, Bay of Plenty, the West Coast and, surprisingly, Southland.
However, Canterbury again lagged behind Wellington in residents being prepared at home and having a disaster plan.
In Auckland, preparedness levels were considerably lower than average in six of the preparedness diagnostics.
The city has shown consistently low levels of preparedness since the survey began seven years ago.
Civil Defence Emergency Management director John Hamilton said that since 2006, the number of people fully prepared for a disaster had increased from 7 per cent to 17 per cent.
However, while the ''trend is positive'', there was still need for improvement, he said.
''We are building on a very low benchmark and the percentages of people actually prepared are still low. We have no room for complacency,'' he said.
Canterbury saw a massive leap after the September 2010 quake, from 13 per cent fully prepared for a disaster in 2012 to 32 per cent in 2013.
Canterbury residents said they were more likely to have been prompted to prepare for a disaster by the Christchurch quakes - 75 per cent compared with the 53 per cent national average.
Results showed that nationally, 15 per cent of interviewees had been prompted to have done so because of overseas disasters, but this resounded with only 4 per cent of Cantabrians.
BY THE NUMBERS
Regional breakdown: people ''fully prepared'' for a disaster
Wellington - 32 per cent
Canterbury - 26 per cent
West Coast - 23 per cent
Nelson-Marlborough - 19 per cent
Bay of Plenty - 17 per cent
Hawke's Bay - 17 per cent
Manawatu - 17 per cent
Otago - 17 per cent
Taranaki - 14 per cent
Northland - 13 per cent
Waikato - 12 per cent
Auckland - 11 per cent
Gisborne - 11 per cent
Southland - 9 per cent
Main centres: "fully prepared"
2010: 13 per cent
2012: 32 per cent
2013: 26 per cent
2010: 18 per cent
2011: 33 per cent
2012: 25 per cent
2013: 32 per cent
2010: 9 per cent
2011: 11 per cent
2012: 10 per cent
2013: 11 per cent
- © Fairfax NZ News
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