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Non-emergency related media releases issued by MCDEM

Media releases issued by the Minister of Civil Defence are published on the Beehive website.

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A New Zealand Special Service Medal Tsunami is to be presented in Feilding for services following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia.

Last night’s swarm of earthquakes in Auckland are a timely reminder that New Zealanders need to be prepared for all types of disasters which could happen anywhere and anytime, says the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

The ability of New Zealanders to receive timely, authoritative messages in an emergency will be enhanced as the result of the agreement signed today between the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) and the country’s major radio broadcasters, says MCDEM Acting Director Bruce Ferguson.

New Zealanders may have only a few minutes warning if an undersea earthquake within close proximity of the coastline generates a tsunami, says The Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management.

Civil Defence Minister, Rick Barker, will officially launch The Civil Defence & Emergency Management National Public Education Programme next Tuesday at Parliament.

The success of today’s tsunami exercise shows New Zealand can have confidence in the ability of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) to manage a major emergency, says MCDEM Director John Norton.

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has assured citizens of Canterbury that the National Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Plan has been properly developed under the law. It is robust in dealing with major disasters from whatever cause.

New Zealand joins 28 countries from around the Pacific on May 17th, in the first international exercise to test warning procedures for a distant-source tsunami.

When the shaking starts, the best advice is still to Drop, Cover and Hold. The advice from civil defence and The NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering comes in response to a widely circulated email by a self-professed rescue expert.

A major exercise to be held in Christchurch in September will test how national and international agencies will work together in a significant earthquake in a major urban area in the Pacific region.


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