This workshop series (free entry) that help our communities to understand their risks and how they can help each other before, during and after a disaster; setting the expectation that people should take ownership and helpeach other rather than waiting for official assistance during an emergency. The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office collaborate , with Wellington City Council, Wellington Indian Association and all other community regional associations ( of Miramar Rangotai, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay, Moa Point, Melrose) to conduct a series of emergency planning workshops which is scheduled to start from 04/07/2017
at Wellington Indian Cultural Centre (48 Kemp street, kilbirnie) at 7pm-9pm
All four workshops are continuous sequence, so attending all workshops are recommended .
Did you know there is no big Civil Defence Army coming to save us after a disaster?
Did you know our water supply crosses the Wellington fault line multiple times on its journey to us?
· Did you know that it could take over three months to reconnect mains water back to our area?
· Did you know that supermarkets only have about two days worth of stock on hand?
· Did you know it is up to us to be prepared for an emergency?
· Did you know it is up to us to help each other during a disaster?
Attendance of community members ( atleast one from each family) Miramar Rangotai, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay, Moa Point, Melrose are encouraged .
4th July- Helping Everyone escape a Tsunami
25th July- Working together after a disaster
8th August- Planning for experienced Challenges
22 August- Building resilence together now
The goal of the programme is two fold; empower our communities to support each otherduring an emergency, and look for ways to foster more relationships within the community,which in turn builds resilience. The workshop intend to assist communities in buildingresilience when a community has generated their own interest and enthusiasm to invest in some localised work
Experiences from around the world show that the communities that get through disasters the
best are the ones that already have a history of working together. These communities have
formed networks of strong relationships, they know each other and understand how to
collaborate and work together, they are aware of the strengths, skills and resources within
their community, and they are sensitive to the areas of potential vulnerability. This makes for
a vibrant, active community day-to-day, with latent capacity to support each other in times of
Our communities are made up of businesses, organisations, groups, clubs, and households.
These all have the resources that they use on a daily basis. These resources will be useful
during an emergency. Sharing the knowledge of what and who is in our community
increases the opportunities for ideas to flourish, both making our communities better now,
and providing solutions during the response to a disaster.
Stockpiling special resources just for a disaster is costly and requires maintenance.
Experience has shown that despite the good intentions of those initially setting them up, as
the years pass and emergencies drift from being a current focus, these caches become the
burden of a well-meaning few, and soon become poorly maintained as energy and interest
wains. The assets that are used everyday provide a considerably more sustainable and
appropriate resource for an emergency.
The focus of most progressive emergency management organisations around the world is
shifting to building social capital; the value of connections between everyone in the
While identifying key strengths, vulnerabilities, resources, and solutions in the locality, the
facilitated activities also highlight what gives the community its sense of character. This has
contributed to community visioning projects by various residents and business associations
for use in their endeavours.
In order to foster relationships, the workshop activities lead to identifying local communitydriven
projects (not necessarily directly related to emergencies or resilience) that locals have
interest and energy to make happen in and for their community, bringing people together in
This programme is only successful if based on an existing genuine interest driven by the
local community. We would like to collaborate with a range of local groups and interested
individuals, in organising the event and encouraging their friends, neighbours and
workmates to get involved.