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Tairawhiti Resilience Pan

Tairawhiti Resilience Plan

What is resilience? · Resilience is not tangible – can’t reach out and touch it · It involves an attitude shift by the community · Resilience definition for this project - “the ability to anticipate and resist the effects of a disruptive event, minimise adverse impacts, respond effectively, maintain or recover functionality, and adapt in a way that allows for learning and thriving”

Four Rs of emergency management · Reduction of risk Identifying risks out in the community that can be reduced eg raising the Waipaoa River flood control stop banks · Readiness The things we do before an event happens to prepare eg going to schools and businesses to help them with their plans and getting ready and training · Response Having an effective and reliable reaction to the impacts of an event eg setting up the Emergency Coordination Centre · Recovery Emergency element is over and move back into the longer time actions to get back to a stable place

Tairawhiti Resilience Plan · The Resilience Plan will take both the potential negative effects from climate change and natural hazards into account · Looks across all Four Rs of emergency management · Takes a proactive approach not waiting to respond to “the big event” · Involves hardening and strengthening key aspects eg infrastructure for our community · Means getting our training and resources geared up including the right people · We will be taking lessons learned from emergency situations locally, nationally and internationally

Discussion · Wellbeing is a catchword going around – the wellbeing of our community is important · The idea is to get from Response to Recovery as quickly as possible · The more time spent planning (risk reduction/readiness) reduces the time to get to recovery · Can only do this if the people and the things that they need to be safe (infrastructure, services etc) are restored · Need to work together as a team across the region to ensure survival · It will involve looking at different options in worst-case scenarios · The Hikurangi Response scenario is our worst-case scenario and involves large scale devastation of the East Coast of NZ – this is what we are planning for · Tsunami is a given – it’s not a matter of if but when – but we have completed tsunami inundation zones modelling and there is some work to do to get this circulated – need to be responsible with providing the information to the public · Council will talk to stakeholders with responsibilities about what actions can be taken eg electricity providers etc and how to harden their assets · Council will also be talking with schools about readiness · The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war · Council wants TCV input into the process as advocates for and representatives of vulnerable populations

Please tell us … · Related to wide-scale hazards and risks (such as tsunami, terrorist attack, pandemic, etc), what are the key vulnerabilities you see in our community? · Conversely, what are our key strengths that can help us come through? · What information do you have that you could share with us around the risks and hazards you are aware of and how your organisation is planning to deal with them? · How should we best support vulnerable populations in an emergency situation?

You can tell us by email to or or you can phone us on 06 867 2049

Notes kindly provided by Yvette Kinsella, Principal Officer - Integrated Strategy, Gisborne District Council

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