Consistent Messages Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Where would you get information? Local Council
But I want to know about … • What are the effects of ash on my health? • What if I start getting skin irritations? • What precautions should I take with my children? • How can I clean up? • Can I eat the veges from my garden? • If I didn’t store water is the water from my tap safe to drink? • What do I do with my farm animals?
So where else could I look? Search Google NZ sites? “Effects of volcanic ash on health” • 1st & 2nd hit www.aelg.org.nz Auckland Lifelines Reports • 3rd & 4thwww.frst.govt.nz Study Reports • 5thwww.hbemergency.govt.nz PDF of brochure on IVHHN website www.ivhhn.org • but how many of you knew that? • 7th & 8thwww.caa.govt.nz More study reports • 9thwww.nzenvironment.co.nz News report • 10thwww.gns.cri.nz - some good information here!
MCDEM – Standard Messages Project • Working Party met in November 2007 • Members: Ljubica Mamula-Seadon, Lisa Pearse, Mark Bang, Vince Chollewa, David Johnston, Gerard Prins, John Boyd, Jim Stuart-Black
Consistent Messages Guide Purpose of the Guide: ‘to assist those who provide disaster safety information to the general public’.
Target audiences • ‘may include emergency managers, meteorologists, teachers, disaster (natural and human caused) educators, public affairs/public relations personnel, mitigation specialists, media personnel, and communicators’
Development of the Guide ‘The Guide should be developed in consultation with the civil defence and emergency management sector and relevant stakeholders, such as scientific organisations dealing with hazards, emergency services, government departments and others, as appropriate.’
Format of the Guide • A ‘living document’ presented in the format that will allow for continuous improvements, as experience and practice require
Reference groups Natural hazards: floods, droughts, storms, severe weather, tornadoes – NIWA Dr Stefan Reese (with MetService) Natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunami – GNS Dr David Johnston (with MCDEM, Auckland University) Fires (wild and residential), hazardous and chemical emergencies - NZ Fire Service Jim Stuart-Black
Terrorism – NZ Police Gerry Prins Pandemics – Ministry of Health John Boyd Evacuation and sheltering – MCDEM Mark Constable Household Emergency Plan, Emergency Survival Kit – MCDEM Chandrika Kumaran
Timeline • Initial Talking About Disasters sections sent out to reference group co-ordinators – end of November 2007 • First draft of sections due back by March 2008 – extended to end of June due to Ruaumoko • And a major tsunami… • Last section completed two weeks ago, still some issues with peer review
Where we are at • Final draft version expected by mid-September • Open for consultation end of September • Panel discussion at NIEMC December 4 2008 11:10 AM to 12:20 PM
Communication point for all reference group coordinators: Ljubica.Mamula-Seadon@dia.govt.nz