23 September 2013
Civil Defence mascot Stan will join in the Alexandra Blossom Festival on Saturday to help raise awareness of emergency preparedness.
Stan will be in town to help Central Otago District Council’s Emergency Management Office support for this year’s national Get Ready Week. Stan is the cartoon dog who champions Civil Defence’s What’s the Plan Stan? Programme, an initiative which aims to support teachers to develop their students’ knowledge, skill and attitudes to respond to and prepare for an emergency.
The tagline for Get Ready Week 2013 is "Know your neighbours, know your community".
CODC Emergency Management Officer Hamish Keith says “Central Otago is already a resilient community as has been demonstrated time and time again in past emergency events but there is always more that we can do”.
“Make sure that you know your neighbour, particularly those that have just moved in next door that you have been meaning to get to know but haven’t got ‘round to it. Get involved in neighbourhood support, have a street BBQ or bake sale and just spend a couple of minutes talking about emergency preparedness, that is all that it takes. Remember if you can look after yourself and your neighbour then you will get through.”
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, working in collaboration with Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups around the country, is promoting a week of activities aimed at raising awareness of potential hazards and the need to be prepared. A range of online materials and resources has been developed that you can print out or provide electronically to help promote preparedness, and encourage businesses in your community, neighbours, families and friends to help one another to Get Ready. Visit the national campaign site.