EMERGENCY & CIVIL DEFENCE

Waimamaku is situated in a very remote and pristine environment.  Waimamaku is bordered on the Northern, Eastern and Southern sides by national forest, and on the Western side by coastline. The State Highway 12 is the only way in or out of the village.  Therefore, please take special note of the emergency information.

Waimamaku & Surrounds Evacuation/Meeting Points

Nearest hospital is Rawene.  Nearest pharmacies are Dargaville and Rawene.  Therefore, it's important to be prepared: have plenty of spare medicine and keep your first aid kit well stocked.


Do you know where to find your nearest AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that is used in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA); if required, the AED will send electric shocks to the heart in order to restore a normal rhythm. 


What to do in a Tsunami
Get to high ground immediately if you experience the warnings signs below. Get safe first, then plan your next steps. Tsunami can arrive in hours or minutes. Be aware that there may be more than one wave and it may not be safe for up to 24 hours, or longer. The waves that follow the first one may also be bigger.

Natural Tsunami Warnings

Strong earthquake shaking (i.e. it is hard to stand up)
Weak, rolling earthquake shaking of unusually long duration (i.e. a minute or more)
Out of ordinary sea behaviour, such as unusual and sudden sea level fall or rise
The sea making loud and unusual noises, especially roaring like a jet engine

What to do in the event of major utilities failures
Put in place your household or business emergency plan.
Contact your utilities provider, inform them of any faults and find out the estimated restoration times.
Have a solar or battery powered radio so you can keep up with the latest news and alerts.
If the power goes out, eat the food from your fridge first, then your freezer, before you eat the food in the cupboard or your emergency kit.
Talk to your neighbours about what they’ll do if the power is out. You might find they have a gas bbq and you have enough food to share (or the other way round).
 

what to do in the event of a landslide

Landslides are a serious geological hazard throughout much of New Zealand. A landslide is the movement of rock, soil and vegetation down a slope. Landslides can range in size from a single boulder, or a rock fall to a very large avalanche of debris with huge quantities of rock and soil that can be spread across many kilometres.

If there has been an earthquake or significant rainfall over an extended period of time, be alert when driving especially where there are embankments along roadsides. Watch the road for collapsed pavements, mud and fallen rocks.

Some other signs that indicate the ground is moving include:   

Sticking doors and window frames
Gaps where frames are not fitting properly
Decks and verandahs moving or tilting away from the rest of the house
New cracks or bulges on the ground, road or footpath
Leaning trees, retaining walls or fences
Water springs, seeps or waterlogged ground in areas that are not usually wet

Act quickly. Getting out of the path of a landslide is your best protection. 

Evacuate and take your Getaway Kit with you. Take your pets with you and move livestock to safe paddocks if you can safely do so.
Warn neighbours who might be affected and help those who may need assistance to evacuate.
Contact emergency services and your local council to inform them of the hazard.