16 September 2019
Central Otago residents and ratepayers are being encouraged to sign up for 'Gets Ready'.
Gets Ready is a tool that will allow Council to send real-time alerts during an emergency, lets people register friends or whānau that may need extra assistance in an emergency, lets people register skills, resources or aid that they can provide during an emergency, and helps prepare neighbourhoods to be part of a coordinated community response.
It functions as both a website and mobile app that provides features to support neighbourhood support groups, the emergency operations centre, council staff and the community. This is relevant across day-to-day life, minor incidents such as boil water notices or fire bans and major emergency events such as earthquakes or floods.
Gets Ready emerged out of the Darfield community in the aftermath of the first Christchurch earthquake. They realised there was a need for better tools to work together. Out of this, Gets Ready was created with the aim of increasing community resilience, strengthening neighbourhood networks, and building partnerships between emergency services and the community.
The Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has signed Central Otago up to pilot the tool with a vision to roll it out across the Otago region.
Central Otago Emergency Management Officer Matt Alley said he was excited to be launching Gets Ready.
"It's a great tool to help us build community resilience – not only does it build us a database to identify who has particularly skills and resources in our community, but it highlights who might have particular needs so we can plan to cater for these as a community. Being able to log on and access and update your own details puts the ownership back with the community and will dovetail nicely with the community response plans we are currently rolling out for our district."
- We are now ready for YOU and your neighbourhood to sign up and be added to the database. It will only take a matter of minutes and you will only be sent alerts relevant to the address you record. Head to centralotago.getsready.net/