Our door-knocking mission is well underway and each weekend we're teaming up with Red Cross, Volunteer Kāpiti and other community groups to share info with people who live in tsunami evacuation zones.
In Kāpiti, there are over 8000 properties sitting in tsunami evacuation zones, and over 20,000 people living in those zones. We know from tsunami overseas that it's important not to get complacent and that planning can save lives, so we want to help people get better prepared.
If you're in a tsunami evacuation zone you can expect a knock on the door during the weekend in the coming months. It'll be our Council reps and volunteers dropping by to hand over some detailed information about tsunami – the warning signs, and what to do and where to go if one hits the Coast.
We started in Waikanae and now we're working our way around Kāpiti to spread the word about what you can do to prepare your household. And if you're not there we'll pop the info in your letterbox.
Door-knocking - when and where:
Paraparaumu: 30 July to 27 August (Sundays) - complete
Download our 'Are you prepared for a tsunami?' brochure - written specifically for people located in tsunami zones
Emergency preparedness in Kāpiti - be part of the conversation
Once we've door-knocked in your community, we'll hold a drop-in session at a venue nearby so you can pop in and ask us any questions.
These drop-in sessions will also be your chance to be part of a community conversation about warning systems in Kāpiti. We know that there was confusion after the November earthquake within our community around whether or not people living in evacuation zones should evacuate, and that some were concerned about the absence of tsunami warning sirens. So these sessions are an opportunity to come and talk to us about what's in place, and the pros and cons of different options we could consider for Kāpiti in the future.
Drop-in sessions - where and when