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  • Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

    #CHCH #EQNZ Quake Update 63

    1605hrs, 28 February 2011

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    LATEST

    Message for Christchurch residents who have relocated
    Christchurch residents who have relocated since 22 February's earthquake are asked to:
    • If you are registered with Red Cross, please contact them to update your details.
    • If you are not registered with Red Cross, please contact your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Office, who will then register you to ensure that you are not included as a missing person.
    • Please alert friends and family that you are safe.


    Rates for Christchurch property owners
    Christchurch City Council advises that residents are not required to pay their rates as usual today - 28 February 2011. Rates can be paid at a future date to be confirmed. No penalties will apply.

    Taxes for quake victims
    Inland Revenue advises that they will be flexible about tax returns: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/ird-will-take-flexible-approach-quake-victims

    Debts and hardship
    The Commerce Commission advises that people who owe money have a legal right to ask for the terms of their loan to be changed, when they are facing hardship. See: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/hardship/

    Galeforce Winds
    LATEST UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that the gale force winds that were forecast for Christchurch from Tuesday night into Wednesday will no longer affect the city.

    Fire Ban
    A total fire ban is currently in place across Christchurch, including Banks Peninsula. No fire permits will be issued.

    Public Showers
    Pioneer Stadium (75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon) is now offering showers to the public.

    Use of Generators
    People planning to use a generator MUST consult an electrician. Plugging a generator into your home can reconnect neighbouring properties without them or you knowing it.

    Continue to Boil Water
    Remember to boil ALL water before drinking, including tanker water and normal tap water. Christchurch City Council will advise when it is no longer necessary to boil or treat tap water.

    Student Volunteer Army
    Volunteers wanting to take part in the Army tomorrow are asked to be at the UCSA car park at 90 Ilam Road between 9-10am (Tues 1 March) . A marquee has been erected to house and cater for volunteers. Visit www.sva.org.nz, or phone 03 974 8414.

    Road closures
    The main road in to Sumner from Cave Terrace to Nayland Street is now closed due to rock-face assessment. To access Sumner, use Mount Pleasant Road and Summit Road, over Evans Pass. For other information about Christchurch road closures: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/road-closures/


    Opening status of schools and ECE services in Christchurch City and the Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts
    All schools and ECE services in Christchurch City will remain closed until further notice.
    Schools and ECE services in Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts may choose to open from tomorrow, Monday 28 February or to stay closed. The decision to open or remain closed will be made by the school board or ECE service. They must consider property issues, health and safety issues, and whether there is sufficient staff. Individual schools and ECE services will notify parents themselves when they are to reopen. The Ministry will update its website as this information becomes available.

    NZ asked to observe silence for Canterbury
    Prime Minister John Key has asked that all of New Zealand observes two minutes’ silence for the victims of Canterbury’s devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
    “I am calling on all New Zealanders to stop and remember those who have lost their lives, those who are missing, and the hundreds of people who are mourning family and friends. At 12.51pm this Tuesday, 1 March, I am asking that New Zealand stops for two minutes as a sign of unity for the people of Canterbury who are enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.”

    Building / residential evaluations
    A major operation to evaluate building safety and needs of residents involves approximately 100 multi-agency teams visiting residential suburbs of Christchurch. Several thousand residences have been visited in many northern, north-eastern, eastern and southern suburbs. Over 400 residences have been identified as in need of food and liaison is under way with the Salvation Army. Lyttelton and surrounds appear to be the worst affected areas relative to day-to-day care/ (such as food). Officials will be carrying ID. Ask to view it.

    Rescue Operation
    In the past few hours Police have assisted with an evacuation of properties in Kinsey Terrace and Clifton Terrace in Redcliffs, due to concerns about the stability of a cliff-face. This is now being assessed by geologists.

    Over the evening of 25 February, around 30 people were evacuated from Soleares Ave, in Mt Pleasant because of risk of rock fall. They have been re-housed or are at centres.

    As at 1600hrs on 28 February:
    • There are 148 confirmed fatalities. This figure is expected to rise.
    • The identity of eight of the deceased has been publicly released. See: http://www.police.govt.nz/list-deceased
    • There have been 70 people rescued alive.
    • There are more than 200 people reported missing (unaccounted for) in the worst-damaged sites in the city. This number will include many, or all, of the fatalities.
    • The disaster victim identification process is thorough and time-consuming. To date, eight names have been released.


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    http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/
    For information about centres, water distribution, schools, road closures and electricity status

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    ESSENTIAL CONTACTS

    Earthquake Government Helpline: 0800 779 997
    A service for people requiring information on income support, housing options / accommodation, health issues, community assistance, Civil Defence or any other government service.
    OFFERS OF HELP: The Government Helpline is also recording offers of help and telling people how to make them happen. Overseas callers should use: +64 7 850 2199

    Missing Person Enquiry Line: 0800 RED CROSS (0800 733 276)
    For enquiries about missing persons in the Christchurch earthquake. People enquiring from outside New Zealand should call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: +64 7 850 2199 or email:familylinks@redcross.org.nz

    HealthLine (24 hours): 0800 611 116
    The service is staffed by registered nurses who will assess your health needs, and give information and advice to help you decide on the best level of care.

    Housing Help:
    New centralised national arrangements have been announced for people wanting to make offers of free accommodation for those needing to leave Christchurch following the earthquake.

    People wanting to make such offers are urged to visit www.housinghelp.govt.nz. If you are unable to access the Internet, you can ring 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700).

    Earthquake Commission (EQC): 0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243)
    For information on EQC’s insurance cover, cleaning up and making a claim.

    Christchurch City Council: 03 941 8999 (customer services)
    For assessment of major structural damage to your home or business premises or for help with essential council services such as water supply or sewage disposal.

    Christchurch International Airport: 0800 568 369
    Including information about travel, tourism and accommodation.

    Federated Farmers Helpline: 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646)
    For information, advice and contacts for Canterbury farmers (weekdays 8.30am - 5pm).

    Business Helpline: 0800 42 49 46
    Information for business owners.

    Urgent Servicing of Portaloos
    For urgent servicing of portable toilets (including after hours 5pm to 8am) call the Council Call Centr: 03 941 8999 (updated from earlier number 1345hrs, Monday 28 February).

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    OTHER CONTACTS

    Child Youth and Family clients
    All Child Youth and Family clients can call 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) for assistance with concerns about a child or young person.

    Animal
    For lost or found dogs please contact Animal Control on 021 240 8310 or visit 10 Metro Place - Open 8:00am to 6:00pm. Information about animal and lost/found pets is also available on the SPCA New Zealand website: Christchurch Earthquake - Updates, Lost/Found Pets and How You Can Help

    Ministry of Justice
    For latest updates regarding Christchurch courts and trials: http://www.justice.govt.nz/media/christchurch-earthquake-february-2011

    Department of Corrections
    Community Probation Services staff: Corrections has set up a 0800 line to provide practical staff support and advice It is also available to staff throughout the country who may have family or friends caught up in the quake. The number is 0800 QUAKEINFO (0800 782 534). It will be staffed around the clock until further notice.

    Offenders in the community: Corrections has begun making text and phone contact with all offenders in the Christchurch Area to confirm their safety and whereabouts. Offenders who have not yet been reached are urged to phone 0800 222 337. This line will also be answered around the clock until further notice.

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    DONATIONS - please give cash not goods

    People wanting to contribute to the response are encouraged to contribute financially ONLY. (No donations of goods or services at this time please). Cash donations to:

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    Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
    Prime Minister John Key has launched the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and the Canterbury region.


    OR

    Mayoral Relief Fund
    In addition, a Mayoral Fund has been set up to accept donations to Christchurch citizens at the following BNZ bank account: 02-0800-0849758-000 (account number updated 24 February).

    OR
    • Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donateOR
    • Salvation Army: 0800 53 00 00 (Specify that your donation is for the ‘Canterbury Earthquake Appeal’) OR
    • Any ANZ Bankbranch: Account number 01-1839-0188939-00
    • Any National Bank branch: Account number 06-0869-0548507-00
    • Any Westpac Bank branch: Account number 03-0207-0617331-00
    • Any ASB Bank branch: Account number 12-3205-0146808-00
    • Any BNZ Bank branch: Account number 02-0500-0982004-000
    • Any Kiwibank branch: Account number: 38-9009-0759479-00
    • Vodafone customers can donate either $3 or $5 to the cause by TXTing ‘Quake’ to either 333 ($3 donation) or 555 ($5 donation). 100% of all donations will go to the NZ Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal.


    Reminder to New Zealanders from IRD that Canterbury earthquake donations made to approved donee organisations, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, are eligible for a tax credit. Please retain all receipts to claim your credit. For further information see: which donations are tax deductible (www.beehive.govt.nz)

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    AFTERSHOCKS

    Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on. It is normal to feel anxious or stressed as a result of the earthquakes and numerous aftershocks that have rocked Christchurch. One way of coping with anxiety and stress is to talk about how you are feeling with friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues. It is important to continue to eat and sleep as regularly as possible and to exercise to help reduce any tension and anxiety.

    GNS Science advises that there may be more magnitude 5 or greater aftershocks in the next few days. GNS models predict that between four and 16 aftershocks of magnitude four or greater should be expected.

    Accurate prediction of earthquakes not possible
    Scientists are paying special attention to the patterns of the aftershocks and assessing data from surveying networks, however accurate scientific prediction of earthquakes and aftershocks is not possible.

    Aftershocks are diminishing in overall frequency since the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

    Many aftershocks have been in the vicinity of Lyttelton during the past 24 hours (at 1400hrs 28 Febraury). Aftershock zone is expanding as expected. This means seismic activity will be felt outside the Port Hills and Lyttelton areas. Satellite data is providing improved knowledge of the earthquake.

    For your safety
    Aftershocks are expected to continue and this could lead to further building damage or collapse, as well as continued disruption to power, telecommunications and essential services.

    Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.

    Check on neighbours, friends and family in your local area.
    • Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.
    • Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.
    • Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
    • Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
    • Do not use any lifts anywhere in Christchurch.
    • Do not sight-see in affected areas - this is causing congestion and impacting on response vehicles. Roads are for lifelines and emergency services.
    • Help people who require special assistance - infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.


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    EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES

    Blood donations
    NZ Blood has announced that the Christchurch Blood Donor Centre will be closed until further notice. They have good supplies of blood in Christchurch and have supplies they can bring in from other centres. At this stage blood stock are fine, but if the situation changes they will inform people via their website (www.nzblood.co.nz) or via Facebook.

    Hospitals and Medical Centres
    Only attend A and E (accident and emergency) at the hospital if absolutely essential. For other injuries, contact your nearest after hours medical centre/General Practice or nearest after hours surgery. Canterbury residents with urgent medical needs can visit a GP free of charge until end of Sunday 06 March. Canterbury residents will not have to pay the $3 co-payment or any other part-charges or premiums on their prescriptions until Sunday 06 March.

    If you are unwell, call for help: HealthLine 0800 611 116 (minor injury or illness).

    The Latimer Square & Canterbury University triage centres remain open. 70% of GPs are up and running. The 24 hour surgery on Bealy Avenue is open.

    A mobile medical centre has been established adjacent to Cowles Stadium in East Christchurch to provide primary care, obstetrics and general emergency medicine. It will be open from 0800 - 2000 each day, commencing Saturday 26 February.

    Thank you to all the midwives who responded to the call for help with maternity care. Canterbury District Health Board have sufficient numbers now.

    Aged care
    Aged care continues to be a priority issue. Some older people have been transferred out of Christchurch. Health staff are leading the process, and liaising with the receiving DHB as required. The National Health Coordination Centre is following up with all rest homes.

    Public health messages
    People need to take the following advice to avoid getting sick with stomach bugs and other illnesses:
    • Boil water before drinking, brushing teeth or washing/preparing food. Assume tap water is contaminated and unsafe to drink until advised otherwise by Council. For a full list of water stations see: www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz
    • Take your medicines (and copies of prescriptions) with you.
    • If you have water, use it sparingly.
    • It is vital that everyone takes special care with personal hygiene. Please keep hands clean to prevent the spread of infection.
    • Look after each other - keep in touch with families, friends and neighbours.
    • Assume river, sea water, ponds, puddles and any other surface water is contaminated with sewage.


    There are 250 port-a-loos in transit, with 960 on order from US, and 5,000 camp toilets have been ordered and will be allocated to priority areas.

    Food safety
    MAF (Food Safety) has issued advice to protect people from food borne illnesses in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake. For information see Food safety in the Christchurch earthquake

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    EMERGENCY SERVICES

    Fire Service response
    There are approximately 100 fire-fighters deployed each day, and a 12 person Incident Management Team. The Christchurch Fire Operations Command is based in the grounds of the Transalpine Region offices.

    The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams currently deployed in Christchurch are made up of personnel from New Zealand (150), New South Wales (72), Queensland (70), Singapore (55), Taiwan (22), and Japan (66), USA (numbers not confirmed.) These numbers are approximate. The advance party from the UK arrived Thursday 24 February, with the remainder due in the morning of Friday 25 February (55). A Chinese USAR team arrived on Friday 25 February.

    The focus for USAR teams is rescuing people, with operations currently targeted in the CBD, Lyttleton and Sumner.

    Defence Force
    There are more than 1400 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed in Christchurch.

    New Zealand Army personnel and their Singapore Armed Forces counterparts are continuing to provide the 24/7 cordon around the central city, with security patrols also in place in the suburbs of Bexley and Waltham.

    Navy personnel are providing security patrols in the Lyttelton town centre.

    The HMNZS CANTERBURY will return to Lyttelton on Monday 28 February with aid supplies including water, 20 plus vehicles, fuel tanker, fire appliances, telecom vans, engineer bridging and general materials. HMNZS OTAGO and HMNZS PUKAKI, will continue to provide assistance to the people of Lyttleton.

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has now moved 1542 passengers in and out of Christchurch, and 121,000 tonnes of freight has been facilitated by the RNZAF into Christchurch in the last 24 hours. Many thousands more tonnes of freight from international military aircraft have also been unloaded and moved into the city.

    Police cordon
    District Commander Superintendent Dave Cliff says Police cordons remain in place around the four avenues (Deans, Moorhouse, Fitzgerald and Bealy) as is until Sunday when it will be reviewed. Police are imposing tight restrictions in Central Christchurch for public safety reasons (building collapse). Police are urging people to stay out of the Christchurch central city business area. Emergency services and disaster response agencies are continuing all possible efforts to search buildings in the CBD and other parts of the city. See: Police Cordon Enforcement Policy

    Anyone trying to access the area without authorisation faces arrest.

    Can I get personal possessions out of a cordoned area?
    No - the area is too unstable. These areas are being actively policed to prevent access and protect private property. A process for retrieving personal belongings will be put in place in due course. Public will be advised when this will occur.

    How do I get into the cordoned area of the CBD?
    Access to the CBD is rigorously monitored and will only be authorised under certain, restricted circumstances. Call Earthquake Government Helpline: 0800 779 997 for more information.

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    TOURISTS AND OTHER VISITORS TO CHRISTCHURCH

    Visa Extensions for Foreign Nationals Affected by Earthquake
    Immigration New Zealand is issuing automatic six month visa extensions for any foreign national whose work, visitor or student visa application cannot be processed because of the Christchurch earthquake. Immigration New Zealand's central Christchurch office in the Crystal Plaza building is unable to be accessed for safety reasons. For more information contact: Immigration New Zealand

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    BACKGROUND INFORMATION

    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km. The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated and a State of National Emergency for Christchurch city has been declared (www.beehive.govt.nz).

    What is a State of National Emergency?
    A state of national emergency can be declared when the civil defence response is beyond the resources of the responsible local authority. In this case, there is a need to coordinate the significant amount of assistance and resources that have arrived and are arriving from other regions and from overseas. The declaration of the state of national emergency highlights the seriousness of the situation – more so even than the 4 September 2010 quake.

    Restrictions imposed by the state of national emergency apply only to the Christchurch area and do not have any direct impact on other areas of New Zealand.

    For more information: The Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan includes an explanation (PDF document) of what powers are exercised by whom in such a situation.

    Event Summary
    Restoration work is progressively providing increased utility services, although the rate of restoration for some services will slow now given the impact of extensive liquefaction and other ground disruption, especially in the southern end east of the city. It is estimated that 100,000 to 150,000 tonnes of liquefaction sand will need to be removed, compared with a total of approximately 20,000 tones in the September event.

    Priorities for the response remain the support of the urban search and rescue operation, the treatment and care of injured or affected individuals, and the coordination of national resources in support of the local response. National resources continue to be deployed in support of the local response. An estimated 100 multi-agency teams will be operating today to evaluate building safety and the needs of residents.

    @NZCivilDefence on Twitter provides an automated feed of content from this site only. Follow @CEQGovtNZ on Twitter for updates, tips and latest news.


    http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/memw...ent&utm_source

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    Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

    Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK110...date-no-15.htm

    Canterbury Health System - Earthquake Update No. 15
    Monday, 28 February 2011, 5:17 pm
    Press Release: Canterbury District Health Board

    EARTHQUAKE UPDATE FIFTEEN - CANTERBURY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD

    FREE GP CARE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY 6 MARCH

    Canterbury residents with urgent medical needs can visit a GP free of charge until end of day next Sunday (6 March).

    PRESCRIPTION FEES WAIVED UNTIL SUNDAY 6 MARCH

    Patients will not have to pay the $3 co-payment or any other part-charges or premiums on their prescriptions until Sunday March 6.

    ALL ELECTIVE SURGERY POSTPONED UNTIL 7 MARCH

    All elective surgery (public and private) in Christchurch is postponed until Monday 7 March 2011 at earliest. Alternative arrangements are being made for non-deferrable surgery.

    IF YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE PHONE YOUR OWN GENERAL PRACTICE TEAM FIRST

    Community and primary health services across Canterbury are coping well and improving each day. Phone your own General Practice (GP) Team first - if they're not open a nurse will answer the call and direct you to the nearest general practice that's open.

    If your own GP's phone isn't working or you do not have a general practice please contact the Pegasus 24-hour medical centre in Bealey Avenue - 365 7777, the Riccarton Clinic, 3433661, or Moorhouse Medical, 3657900. The 24 hour surgery have a team of nurses able to provide health advice and can provide self-care advice on how to care for minor injuries and illnesses at home. They will also direct callers to the nearest medical centre.

    The Pegasus 24-hour medical centre is open 24 hours 7 days per week and clinics at Moorhouse Medical Centre and the Riccarton Clinic are open from 8am to 8pm daily.

    The Rural GP Practice in Kaiapoi is also providing 24-hour services to patients in Christchurch who are not able to access their own GP Teams.

    Please keep Christchurch Hospital for emergencies only. If you need an ambulance, please phone 111.

    All rural General Practice (Banks Peninsula, Ashburton/Methven, Selwyn, Waimakariri, Hurunui/Kaikoura open as usual and busy but coping due to influx of displaced people from Christchurch.

    Only nine general practices are closed. Two of these are in Sumner in an area which has been cordoned off and most of the others are within the central business district.

    A new website has been launched providing useful health information for the public http://www.healthinfo.org.nz/


    GASTROENTERITIS

    There have been 22 notifications of cases of gastroenteritis to date. They are all isolated cases, therefore this is not considered an outbreak.

    HEALTHLINE - Phone: 0800 611 116

    Healthline provides health advice 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Phone: 0800 611 116. Calls are answered by a registered nurse. Healthline uses language line and can access translators in many languages. Healthline can also transfer callers to mental health professionals for advice and support.

    MIDWIFERY CARE
    Pregnant women or new mothers leaving Christchurch for other parts of the country should contact the maternity unit at their new DHB to find a new midwife, if this hasn't already been arranged. Where possible women leaving Christchurch receiving midwifery care should let them know they're leaving so they can provide maternity notes to assist in the transfer of care.

    CHRISTCHURCH HOSPITAL

    PATIENT PARKING & NEW SHUTTLE BUS FOR PATIENTS

    Patients with appointments at Christchurch and Womens Hospital are asked to park at Hillmorton Hospital and catch the free shuttle which will take them to the main entrance at Christchurch Hospital. Parking will be free

    Access to the parking at Hillmorton is via the main entrance on Annex road off Lincoln road and will be sign posted

    The shuttles will run from 08:00 to 17:00.

    Leaving Hillmorton on the ˝ hour and Christchurch Hospital on the hour.

    Pick up at Christchurch Hospital will be the main entrance

    Hospital Services

    Hospital services are continuing to provide care for hundreds of inpatients and there are no capacity issues. Staff are doing a remarkable job considering everyone has been affected by the quake. Some hospital buildings have sustained damage and all are constantly being checked for damage by structural engineers.

    Visitors to hospital are reminded to clean their hands with alcohol gel before entering clinical areas. This is available at the entrance to all clinical areas.

    Total occupancy at Christchurch Hospital as of 3pm Monday 28 February is 324 and there are 12 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - it is not known at this stage how many in ICU have earthquake related conditions.

    There were 22 patients in the Emergency Department. On Sunday the Emergency Department provided care for 181 patients.

    Orthopaedics remains busy and Cardiology services are quieter.

    Neonatal intensive care remains busy while maternity services are busy but steady and there are some transfers expected out of Christchurch today.

    There are sufficient numbers of midwives available.

    Staffing levels are good and have been boosted by colleagues from around the country. Stable patients continue to be transferred to other hospitals to free beds for the seriously ill.

    Burwood birthing unit is closed today.

    Lyndhurst Centre is closed until Monday and women with appointments will be contacted by a staff member.

    Rangiora and Lincoln birthing units are open.

    As at 3pm Monday 28 February - Princess Margaret Hospital has 154 patients, Burwood Hospital 72 patients and Ashburton Hospital 47 patients.

    Christchurch Hospital Services - updated information as at 4:00pm 28/02/2011

    Surgery

    All elective surgery (public and private) in Christchurch is postponed until Monday 7 March 2011 at the earliest. Alternative arrangements are being made for non-deferrable (cancer) surgery.

    Surgeons at Christchurch Hospital would like to reassure patients who were booked for surgery last week and this week you will be contacted with information as soon as possible.

    Oncology

    Christchurch Hospital Oncology Services resumed normal clinical activity on today, Monday 28 February. All patients scheduled to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy should attend their booked appointments, unless contacted by Oncology staff. Staff are working hard to maintain essential cancer services in order to minimise disruption to patient care.

    Diabetes Centre and Diabetes Christchurch Society

    The Diabetes Centre and Diabetes Christchurch Society at 550 Hagley Ave are closed until further notice. Appointments at the Diabetes Outpatient Clinics are cancelled until further notice. The Diabetes Team and the Society are operating very limited services from Parkside Outpatients, Christchurch Hospital. If you have any diabetes emergencies, please contact your GP in the first instance. If you are unable to find a GP, limited medical services are being offered at Cowles Stadium. A diabetes triage nurse is operating from Christchurch Hospital and is available Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm on 0274543052. Alternatively call Christchurch Hospital 3640640 during these hours and ask to be put through.

    Outpatient Clinics

    If you have an outpatient appointment at Christchurch Hospital or with the Women's and Children's division and need to be seen you will be contacted. If you are not contacted this week you will be sent a new appointment for a later date.

    General Practitioners will continue to refer patients for specialist assessment on the basis of their clinical needs, recognising CDHB's limited resources.

    Orthopaedics
    All orthopaedic fracture follow-up clinics at Christchurch Hospital are continuing as normal.

    Women's Health
    Antenatal classes are continuing at usual.

    Planned Caesarean sections are continuing as usual.

    Gynaecology appointments are postponed at the moment. Patients will be contacted to reschedule their appointment.

    Lyndhurst - women with appointments will be contacted by staff.

    Allied Health (Physiotheraphy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Social Work and Speech Language Therapy)

    Everyone who has had an outpatient appointment cancelled the services listed below will contact you next week to reschedule. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience.

    Physiotherapy

    Outpatient appointments are all cancelled except for the following:

    Acute Hand Therapy patients (the department will contact you to arrange)

    Respiratory patients requiring physiotherapy input will have this through the community therapy unit

    Inpatient services are primarily focused on acute chest physio and to assist with transfers and discharges

    Occupational Therapy

    Outpatient appointments and Domiciliary (home) visits are cancelled for this week.

    Please do not return equipment to the department this week.

    Inpatient services are running.

    Nutrition Services

    Outpatient appointments are cancelled for this week.

    Inpatient services are running.

    Social Work Services

    The Relatives Support Centre centre is running in The Great Escape from 8.30am to 4pm.

    Inpatient services are running.

    Speech Language Therapy

    Outpatient appointments are cancelled for this week.

    Inpatient social work services are running.

    Professional Development Unit (PDU) - Nursing Education

    All CDHB study days for nursing staff are cancelled until 7 March. PDU staff will be contacting staff involved over the next few days. The PDU has been relocated to the department of nursing.

    Post Graduate (PG) Nursing

    Staff who have had PG study cancelled should contact their line manager to arrange alternative work hours.

    Nursing Duty Office

    The nursing duty office has relocated across the corridor to the department of nursing.

    Pauline Clark

    General Manager - Medical Surgical Women's and Children's Health

    Canterbury District Health Board

    DENTAL CARE

    The New Zealand Dental Association advises all patients in need of emergency or routine dental care to contact their own dentist first. If you can't contact your own dentist, the oral health emergency centre has been relocated to Hillmorton. This is a Monday to Friday service only. For appointments ph 335 4260. A mobile clinic will also be available at the Cowles Stadium Field hospital today.

    CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

    At times like this it's important to look out for elderly neighbours and others who live alone.

    TAKE YOUR MEDICATIONS WITH YOU

    If you're moving out of your home or leaving Christchurch remember to take your regular medications and prescriptions with you. If you are already taking medication, it is important to keep taking it. Most Canterbury pharmacies are open, so if you are running low on your regular medications, you should visit your usual pharmacy if it is open. They will dispense your medications without a prescription for a further seven days.

    If you cannot go to your usual pharmacy or are out of Christchurch, please take your medication containers and some personal identification (e.g., your driver's licence) to a nearby pharmacy. If the pharmacy or doctor cannot establish exactly what you need, they will not be able to give it to you, so please make sure you have the exact details.

    If you are on a hospital-based medication to assist your mental health, please contact your case manager or psychiatric district nurse. If you cannot contact these people, please ring 364 0482. If you use items such as bandages or syringes that you usually purchase from your pharmacy, continue to get these from your pharmacist.

    MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ISSUES

    Home oxygen or Bi-Pap machines: If you are using a breathing device such as an oxygen

    concentrator or Bi-Pap machine, and your power supply is interrupted, find an alternative power source if at all possible. If you cannot find a power source, do not call 111 unless your breathing is severely distressing. Call Cardio/Respiratory Outreach during work hours - (03) 364 0167. If your call is not answered, leave a detailed message. Your call will be attended to as soon as possible. If it is after hours please call (03) 364 0640.

    Other medical equipment: If you are using medical equipment such as a nebuliser or sleep apnoea machine (e.g. a CPAP machine) that requires power or running water, and these are not available in your home, please go to your nearest welfare centre.

    METHADONE PATIENTS

    If you are a methadone patient and your usual pharmacy is closed, phone the Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS) on 335 4350 and they will direct you to the nearest pharmacy.

    MEALS ON WHEELS WILL RESUME TOMORROW, TUESDAY 1 MARCH

    Meals on wheels is planned to resume tomorrow. If you have elderly neighbours or people who live alone, please check on them and help out if you can with meals and support. Anyone wanting to contact the Meals on Wheels office please telephone 03 337 7797.

    REST HOME RESIDENTS BEING RELOCATED

    Almost 200 rest home residents have been transferred out of Christchurch to other regions. Another 14 identified for evacuation may be transferred today (Monday).

    Family members of evacuated residents with any concerns should phone 03 337 8937 for further information.

    Only residents from facilities where there has been structural damage are being relocated at this stage.

    Rest home staff are doing an amazing job despite trying circumstances - many are keeping their residents safe and well despite no water, power and, or telephone.

    Some rest home residents have gone home with family members or friends and it is very important that they or their families make contact and stay in contact with their family general practice to ensure the medical needs of their elderly relative are being met.

    Many rest homes need logistical help especially with practical things like, water and laundry.

    Respite care capacity is significantly limited and access is via GP referral only.

    Staff who have been freed up with the transfer of residents elsewhere are likely to be redeployed and allocated to operating homes in Christchurch.

    MEDIA ARE NOT TO ACCESS CHRISTCHURCH HOSPITAL OR STAFF WITHOUT PERMISSION

    · All media queries must be directed to the CDHB Strategic Communications Team. Please phone (03) 337 7390, or 027 502 7523/ 027 531 4796.

    HEALTH CARE AT WELFARE CENTRES

    St John Ambulance, Public Health Nurses and army medics are working together at Welfare Centres. The public health nurses will be working at the Welfare Centres focusing on infection control, hand hygiene and isolating any cases of suspected gastroenteritis or measles. Teams will be on site every day while the centres are open.

    Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Welfare Centres are currently located at:

    Rangiora Baptist Church - 111 East Belt Rangiora - 64 people as at 11am Sunday

    Burnside High School - corner of Memorial Avenue and Greers Rd - entrance on Greers Rd - 300 people as at 11 am Sunday

    Pioneer Stadium Centre - 75 Lyttelton St Spreydon - 150 people as at 11 am Sunday

    Rolleston Community Centre and the Cowles Welfare Centre are closed.

    Non MSD Centres are located at:

    Ashburton - 30 people as at 11 am Sunday

    Rapaki - 40 people as at 11 am Sunday

    Rehua Marae - 60 people as at 11 am Sunday

    New Welfare Centres have also been set up at New Brighton at Roy Stokes Hall 140 Seaview Road under the guidance of the New Zealand Police and at Windsor Road Primary School run by the Red Cross.

    COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTRE AT COWLES STADIUM - in Pages Road open 7 days 8am - 8 pm.

    The Australian Army Field Community Medical Centre began delivering primary care at Cowles Stadium to eastern suburbs residents on Saturday. The 75-bed facility, staffed by Australian clinicians with some local support from doctors and nurses is supporting General Practices in the eastern suburbs who are having difficulty delivering health services. The Centre will provide free primary care until Sunday night March 6 along with other GP Clinics in Christchurch. As at midday Sunday 27 February the Centre had treated around 170 patients. A mobile community dental clinic is also operating on the site.

    LOOKING FOR AN INJURED FAMILY MEMBER WHO MAY BE IN HOSPITAL?

    Relatives looking for injured family members at Christchurch Hospital should go to the Great Escape Café in the main foyer where a relative centre has been set up and there are social workers and police available. To report missing people, contact Red Cross 0800 733 276.

    The relative care centre at the Great Escape café is staffed by Social Workers.

    Police will be located at the Papanui Liaison office at Papanui Police Station.

    GPs WANTING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WAIVED FEES

    GPs wanting more information about waived fees should phone 353 9966 (Pegasus)

    CDHB HAS SET UP A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR STAFF

    Staff can keep up to date via Canterbury District Health Board's Facebook page.

    EMAILS OF SUPPORT FOR CANTERBURY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD

    If you would like to send a message of support to Canterbury District Health Board staff please email messagesofsupport@cdhb.govt.nz

    Emotional responses to the recent crisis

    It's normal to be feeling very stressed at the moment. Everyone is affected in different ways. Some of us may feel very anxious or low in spirits. Some of us may feel it's hard to function. If you are worried about yourself or a family member, please talk to someone in your general practice team. They can call on a wide range of mental health and counselling services, and more counsellors are being brought in to help.

    COPING STRATEGIES - STRESS AND ANXIETY

    The Ministry of Health has created a series of fact sheets with advice and coping strategies for people experiencing stress or anxiety in the wake of this week's tragedy. These can be found on the Ministry's website - www.moh.govt.nz - under the banner headline "Christchurch Earthquake"

    Mental Health Nurses are available to provide support in the community. Please phone your GP Team for information.

    CANTERBURY DHB STAFF ARE TO TURN UP TO WORK FOR THEIR NORMAL ROSTERED HOURS

    Staff are not required to come in outside of their rostered hours. Please check with your manager what these hours are.

    PHARMACIES THAT ARE OPEN TODAY - Monday 28 February

    Airport Pharmacy Ltd

    Akaroa Pharmacy

    Amberley Pharmacy Ltd

    Avonhead Pharmacy Ltd

    Barrington Health Centre Pharmacy

    Wilsons Barrington Pharmacy Ltd

    Barrington Unichem Pharmacy

    Bastins Pharmacy Ltd

    Belfast Pharmacy

    Bells Pharmacy Lyttelton Ltd

    Bush Inn Pharmacy Ltd

    Burwood Pharmacy Ltd

    Casebrook Pharmacy Ltd

    Centre Court Pharmacy Ltd

    Darfield Pharmacy

    Eastern Pharmacy Aranui

    Ewart Douglas Pharmacy

    Elmwood Pharmacy

    Fendalton Mall Pharmacy

    Fenwicks (TR) Pharmacy Ltd

    Ferry Road Pharmacy

    Graeme Smith Pharmacy

    Halswell Mansons Pharmacy

    Hardings Chemist

    Hardings Pharmacy

    HealthWorks Pharmacy

    Hei Hei Pharmacy Ltd

    Hillmorton Pharmacy Ltd

    Hoon Hay Pharmacy

    Hornby Unichem

    Ilam Pharmacy

    Kaiapoi Crossing Pharmacy

    Kaiapoi Amcal

    Kendall Pharmacy

    Kirk Road Templeton Pharmacy

    King Medicine Management (open for Resthomes only)

    Leeston Pharmacy

    Lincoln Pharmacy

    Linwood Dispensary Limited

    Mairehau Pharmacy

    McIntosh Pharmacy

    Miles Pharmacy

    Netherby Pharmacy

    North Avon Pharmacy Practice Ltd

    Oxford Pharmacy

    Opawa Pharmacy

    Papanui Pharmacy

    Parklands Pharmacy

    Parkside Pharmacy (at the main entrance to Christchurch Hospital)

    Pharmacy at Phillipstown

    Radius Church Corner

    Radius Moorhouse Avenue

    Rangiora Pharmacy

    Redwood Pharmacy 2002 Ltd

    Redcliffs Pharmacy

    Rolleston Pharmacy

    Stantons Pharmacy

    Unichem Ashburton

    Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy

    Wairakei Road Pharmacy

    Merivale Medical Centre Pharmacy

    Stavely Street Pharmacy

    Searles Allenton Pharmacy

    Selwyn Community Pharmacy

    Selwyn Village Pharmacy

    Shirley Dispensary

    South Brighton Pharmacy

    St Albans Pharmacy

    Shields Pharmacy

    Skelley & Webb Amcal Chemist

    Spreydon Pharmacy

    Staywell Pharmacy

    Templeton Pharmacy

    Urgent Pharmacy (Bealey Avenue)

    Woodham Road Pharmacy

    Woolston Pharmacy

    Waltham Pharmacy Ltd

    Wise's Pharmacy

    Wyatt Chemist

    Union Street Pharmacy

    http://www.canterburydentists.org.nz/

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    • #3
      Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

      Paula Bennett

      28 February, 2011

      Earthquake support package available immediately

      The initial earthquake support package for employers and employees is available now and the first payments will be in bank accounts by Wednesday says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

      “There is a lot of uncertainty over whether jobs and businesses will continue in Christchurch, so this measure will help ensure people can pay the bills for the next few weeks,” says Ms Bennett.

      The six week package includes the Earthquake Support Subsidy to help Christchurch based employers keep paying wages and the Earthquake Job Loss Cover is for employees who may not have a job to go back to.

      The package is not available to Government employees (who will continue to get paid), or businesses which are headquartered outside Christchurch.

      “There may be exceptions to this, so we’d encourage people to call us to talk it through,” says Ms Bennett.

      “People can apply online, over the phone or they can come into Work and Income, but they will need their IRD number and a bank account number to speed the process,” says Ms Bennett.

      To apply online go to: www.workandincome.govt.nz
      To apply by phone call: 0800 779997



      There are seven Work and Income offices open in Christchurch today:
      • Ashburton Community Link, cnr Cass and Moore Streets
      • Hornby Service Centre, 25 Shands Road
      • Rangiora Service Centre, cnr Good and Blake Streets
      • Riccarton Service Centre, 76 Riccarton Road
      • Kaiapoi Community Link, 77 Hilton Street
      • Shirley Service Centre, 203-205 Hills Road
      • Linwood Community Link, 154 Aldwins Road
      “Of course the impact of the earthquake is not only financial, so we’re also backing organisations to provide support services and counselling,” says Ms Bennett.

      Funding will be available to NGOs to provide more fulltime co-ordinators and case managers for Victim Support, Relationship Services and Salvation Army to provide the right services to people who need it.

      “We have $3.5million available for support services and are already taking applications,” says Ms Bennett.

      A support helpline 0800 777 846 is running for people to call and talk things through.

      “This Government is committed to providing the assistance to help the people of Christchurch get back on their feet,” says Ms Bennett.

      Questions and Answers

      Recognising the effect of the February earthquake on Christchurch business and workers, the Government has implemented an initial support package to support the recovery and rebuilding of Christchurch.
      The Christchurch Earthquake Support Package provides support to employers and employees in Canterbury affected by the February earthquake.

      The Christchurch Earthquake Support Package is made up of two components:

      • Earthquake Support Subsidy – a subsidy for employers who believe they are going to remain in business and want to keep their staff. They’ll get $3,000 gross to cover six weeks per employee ($500 gross per week) or $1,800 gross to cover part time staff for six weeks ($300 gross per week).
      • Earthquake Job Loss Cover – a $400 a week in the hand payment for a period of six weeks paid to fulltime employees, ($240 in the hand for part time employees). This applies to those who are unable to contact their employer or the business has closed permanently.

      The Earthquake Support Subsidy gives companies a few weeks space to get back into operation while keeping their staff.

      The Earthquake Job Loss Cover is available as an alternative for those who cannot make contact with their employer, or whose employer has closed permanently.


      Earthquake Support Subsidy – For employers

      What is it?

      Earthquake Support Subsidy is an initial payment for employers to assist them to pay their employees while they deal with the initial impact of the earthquake. The subsidy is also available to the self employed or business owners who draw a wage.

      If the workplace can re-open, we want to support employers to maintain their business and keep Cantabrians in work wherever possible.

      The payment will be made directly to the employer who will then pay the employee. The wage subsidy will be paid:

      • for a 6 week period from 22 February 2011.
      • at a gross rate of $500 per week per employee for full time employees (over 20 hours per week) or a gross rate of $300 per week per employee for part time employees (anyone working 20 hours a week or less).
      Who does qualify?
      • New Zealand owned business
      • Christchurch City Council area based employer
      • Self employed, sole trader, or contractor
      • Be unable to access the workplace due to damage, a cordon, or an essential service is not available, or who can open but are experiencing significant loss of trade

      Employers who have business interruption insurance should contact their insurance company in the first instance. If insurance payments will be delayed, employers can access the Earthquake Support Subsidy to cover the intervening period, but will be required to repay it when the insurance payment is received.

      Who does not qualify?

      • employers who can continue to operate and/or meet obligations to pay employees
      • government or government-related organisations
      • international and large national organisations

      Those with staff who have been injured or bereaved and who are receiving weekly compensation from ACC, cannot also get the Earthquake Support Subsidy for those staff members.

      What constitutes the Christchurch City area in terms of these payments?
      The Christchurch City Council area, which includes Akaroa-Wairewa, Burwood-Pegasus, Fendalton-Waimairi, Hagley-Ferrymead, Lyttelton-Mt Herbert, Riccarton-Wigram, Spreydon-Heathcote, and Shirley-Papanui. There may be exceptions to this and employers are encouraged to call and discuss their circumstances.

      How to apply

      • Online at www.workandincome.govt.nz.
      • By phoning the government helpline on 0800 779 997 (this line is operating 24/7).
      • At a Work and Income office if there is no access to internet or phone
      What information is needed?
      Employers need to provide their business IRD number, business bank account number, and the details of the staff requiring the subsidy (employee name and IRD numbers). This information will be confirmed by IRD before payment is made.

      Employers need to contact Work and Income and their employees and make them aware of what is happening. Where employees have already applied for Earthquake Job Loss Cover before hearing from the employer, they will be transferred to the Earthquake Support Subsidy.

      What if the business is Christchurch based but also has a presence outside of it?

      Businesses with a presence outside of the Christchurch City Council area may qualify depending on the circumstances, and decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

      What about those who are self-employed or rely on a wage from the business?

      Self employed people or business owners who draw a wage from their business can receive the subsidy to support their own wages.
      What if the business can open/operate but is experiencing a loss of trade?
      Small businesses which can open but are experiencing a significant loss of trade can receive the subsidy for the initial six week period – this will be reviewed when decisions are made by government around continuing the subsidy.

      Do employers have to pay GST, ACC levies, PAYE and Holiday Pay and other employment related expenses for employees if they get this subsidy?
      Employers are required to pay ACC levies, PAYE, Holiday Pay, and all normal employment related expenses, but the Government has waived GST on the Earthquake Support Subsidy.

      What if there is business interruption insurance but there are delays with payment?

      Employers who have business interruption insurance should contact their insurance company in the first instance. If insurance payments will be delayed, employers can access the Earthquake Support Subsidy to cover the intervening period, but will be required to repay it when the insurance payment is received.

      What about employers who haven’t decided what to do with their business?

      We would encourage employers to apply for the subsidy, to help them get through the intervening period while they make decisions about the future.
      What about employers with part time staff?
      Employers will receive $1,800 gross per part time employee ($300 per week per employee).

      Part time is 20 hours or less per week.

      What if the employee applies for the Earthquake Job Loss Cover before the employer applies for Earthquake Support Subsidy?

      The employee will be switched to Earthquake Job Loss Cover as soon as practicable. It’s important for employers to communicate with employees and let them know what they’re doing.

      When will payment go through?

      Employers will receive an email/text advising when the payment is made. If all information is provided and matches the IRD records then payment will be made quickly. People will be advised of the progress of their application automatically.

      How long will it be before the first payment is made?

      The first payments will be made from Wednesday 2 March 2011. People will be notified when payment has been made.

      Earthquake Job Loss Cover – For employees

      What is it?

      The Earthquake Job Loss Cover is a $400 a week, in the hand payment for a period of six weeks paid to employees whose employers are no longer able to operate. It is backdated to 22 February 2011. For part time employees a $240 a week in the hand payment is available.

      Employees need to talk to employers about whether they feel that the business is still viable. Employers should get the Earthquake Support Subsidy to assist them in paying wages as the first option. If employees can’t contact employers and are not working or being paid, then they can apply for the Earthquake Job Loss Cover payment.

      Payment will be made direct to individual employees’ bank accounts:
      • $400 net per week for full time employees(over 20 hours per week) or $240 net per week for part time employees (anyone working 20 hours or less per week)
      • paid weekly
      • for up to 6 weeks from 22 February 2011
      Who qualifies?
      • those who were employed on 22 February 2011
      • worked for an employer who was based in the Christchurch City Council area
      • no longer have an employer (they have not accessed the ESS and have decided not to operate) or cannot contact their employer.

      Those receiving a benefit, ACC weekly compensation, or a Civil Defence Payment for loss of livelihood are not eligible for the Job Loss Cover. Employees cannot get the Earthquake Job Loss Cover payment if their employer is already getting the Earthquake Support Subsidy.

      How do to apply

      • Online at www.workandincome.govt.nz.
      • By phoning the government helpline on 0800 779 997. This line is operating 24 hours a day.
      • At a Work and Income office if there is no access to internet or phone

      What information is needed?

      Personal details, bank account and IRD number. This information will be confirmed by IRD before payment is made. If people are unsure of their IRD number, they should contact IRD on 0800 227 774.

      What constitutes the Christchurch City area in terms of these payments?

      The Christchurch City Council area, which includes Akaroa-Wairewa, Burwood-Pegasus, Fendalton-Waimairi, Hagley-Ferrymead, Lyttelton-Mt Herbert, Riccarton-Wigram, Spreydon-Heathcote, and Shirley-Papanui.
      There may be exceptions to this and people are encouraged to call and discuss their circumstances.

      What if the employee wasn’t at work on 22 February 2011?

      Those who were employed on 22 February 2011 will be eligible for the Earthquake Job Loss Cover, regardless of whether they were at work on that day.

      What if the employee has already registered for a benefit?

      Those who have applied for a benefit as a result of the February earthquake can choose to receive either the Earthquake Job Loss Cover or benefit. The application process will identify if people are already receiving a benefit and someone will be in contact to discuss options.

      Are there work obligations for those who receive Earthquake Job Loss Cover?

      No, there are no work obligations attached to receiving Earthquake Job Loss Cover.

      Is there an income and asset test for the Earthquake Job Loss Cover?

      No, there is no income or asset testing. People will receive support regardless of their other income, their partner’s income, or their assets.
      What if I have accessed Civil Defence Payments for loss of livelihood?
      You are not able to receive both payments, your Civil Defence Payment for loss of livelihood will need to stop before you can then get Earthquake Job Loss Cover. You can however still receive Civil Defence payments to cover accommodation costs if required.

      What about people who have been injured and have applied for, or are receiving ACC weekly compensation payments?

      People cannot receive both payments and will not be paid Earthquake Job Loss Cover.

      When will payment go through?

      Where possible employees will receive an email/text advising when the payment is made. If all information is provided and matches the IRD records then payment will be made quickly. People will be advised of the progress of their application automatically.

      How long will it be before the first payment is made?

      If people apply and their IRD number is verified they should receive payment quickly. The first payments will be made on Wednesday 2 March 2011. People will be notified when payment has been made.

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      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

        Please stay away from Beaches

        Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by canterburyearthquake| <!-- .entry-meta -->

        The public are urgently being asked to stay away from all Christchurch beaches, as seawater is currently contaminated with sewage.

        Contaminated water poses a serious health threat, with risk of disease.
        While contamination at the beaches may not be visually obvious, residents are advised that the health risk is very real.

        Until the Council are confident it’s safe to swim in the ocean, the public are strongly urged to avoid all local beaches.
        Work to repair storm water pipes is ongoing and the public will be advised when seawater is safe to swim in.

        Residents are also being reminded to stay away from rivers and the estuary, because of overflows into the Avon and Heathcote rivers.

        For further information phone:

        CDEM Media phone: 027 241 0244 / 027 234 1409
        Media email: cdpublicinfo@ccc.govt.nz
        Website: www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz

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        <!-- #post-## -->Cantabrians offered time-out in Hawke’s Bay, 1 March 2011

        Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by canterburyearthquake| <!-- .entry-meta -->

        People affected by the Canterbury earthquake are being offered a short-term stay in Hawke’s Bay, where they can take a break from the devastation and constant aftershocks that continue to shake the fallen city.

        A joint effort by Napier City and Hastings District councils have seen an overwhelming number of Hawke’s Bay people offer their homes, baches, caravans and sleep outs for periods of a week and up to a month and more for those families in need.

        The Councils will pay for the return airfares for Cantabrians and arrange for host families to pick them up from the Hawke’s Bay airport and take them back to their homes to give them respite from the aftershocks and some much needed time and space to think about the next stages in their lives.


        Residents of Christchurch may want to get away now or may wish to consider a home stay in a few weeks time. To express interest in staying with a Hawke’s Bay family or in any one of the generously provided accommodation offerings, registrations may be made;Guest details will be used to find a suitable host who can accommodate all your requirements including the need to accommodate children and pets, cultural and dietary requirements. Once registered the Councils’ will endeavour to find the best accommodation to suit the needs of potential guests and make the necessary flight arrangements.

        Cantabrians requiring emergency housing on an extended or permanent basis are advised to contact Housing New Zealand Corporation.

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        <!-- #post-## -->Healthcare of New Zealand

        Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by canterburyearthquake| Comments Off
        <!-- .entry-meta -->Community health and disability service provider Healthcare of New Zealand is working to contact its staff and the people it supports.
        If you have not yet spoken to us, please call 0800 227 348.

        More...
        http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/category/health/
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

          Water Tanker Timetable for Deliveries

          Issued by: Christchurch City Council
          Water will be available from the following locations at the times listed below.

          Residents must take their own containers, and remember to boil all water before use.

          Latest update: 4.30 pm – Saturday, 26th February 2011.

          Water Tankers

          <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2><TBODY><TR><TH>School or Park</TH><TH>Address</TH><TH>Morning</TH><TH>Afternoon</TH></TR><TR><TD>St Albans</TD><TD>Cranford St/English Park</TD><TD>9.00am - 9.30am</TD><TD>2.00pm – 2.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Richmond</TD><TD>Alexandra St/Pavitt St</TD><TD>11.00am – 11.30am</TD><TD>4.00pm – 4.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Hammersley</TD><TD>Quinns Road</TD><TD>9.00am - 9.30am</TD><TD>2.00pm – 2.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Banks Avenue</TD><TD>Banks Avenue</TD><TD>11.00am - 11.30am</TD><TD>4.00pm - 4.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Burwood</TD><TD>New Brighton Rd</TD><TD>11.00am – 11.30am</TD><TD>4.00pm – 4.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Queenspark</TD><TD>Queenspark Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>North New Brighton</TD><TD>Leaver St</TD><TD>11.00am – 11.30am</TD><TD>4.00pm – 4.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>West Spreydon</TD><TD>Lyttelton St/Hennessy Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 9.30am</TD><TD>2.00pm – 2.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Somerfield</TD><TD>Somerfield St/Studholme St</TD><TD>11.00am – 11.30am</TD><TD>4.00pm – 4.30pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Salvation Army</TD><TD>177 Linwood Ave</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Pioneer Stadium</TD><TD>Lyttelton St</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Cowles Stadium</TD><TD>Pages Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Shirley Primary</TD><TD></TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Governors Bay Fire Station</TD><TD></TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Diamond Harbour Fire Station</TD><TD></TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Cashmere</TD><TD>Dyers Pass Rd/Hackthorne Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Beckenham</TD><TD>Norwood St/Eastern Tce</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>St Martins</TD><TD>Albert/Roscoe</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Woolston</TD><TD>Ferry Rd/Hopkins St</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Mt Pleasant</TD><TD>Major Hornbrook Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Sumner</TD><TD>Hardwick St/Colenso St</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Bromley</TD><TD>Kawau Cres</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>North Linwood</TD><TD>Woodham Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Sullivan Ave Polytech</TD><TD>Sullivan Ave/Ensors Rd</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Rosewood Rest Home and Hospital</TD><TD>Woodham Rd/Kerrs Rd</TD><TD>11.00am – 12.00pm</TD></TR><TR><TD>Avonside Girls’ High</TD><TD>Cowlishaw St</TD><TD>9.00am – 4.00pm</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Tanks

          <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2><TBODY><TR><TH>School or Park</TH><TH>Address</TH><TH>Morning</TH><TH>Afternoon</TH></TR><TR><TD>Phillipstown School</TD><TD>Philips Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>South New Brighton School</TD><TD>Estuary Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Shirley Primary School</TD><TD>Shirley Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Wainoni School</TD><TD>Wainoni-Anzac</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Lyttelton School</TD><TD>Oxford Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Burwood Hospital</TD><TD>Mairehau Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Pegasus 24 Hour Health</TD><TD>Bealey Ave</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Latimer Square</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Shirley Intermediate School</TD><TD>Shirley Rd/North Parade</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Manning Intermediate School</TD><TD>Hoon Hay Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Disraeli Street Reserve</TD><TD>opposite 17 Disraeli Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Moyna Street Reserve</TD><TD>Moyna Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Corner of Hereford & Rolleston Ave</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Corner of Champion & Gresford Street</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Chisnallwood Intermediate School</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Heathcote Valley School</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Waltham School</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Corner of Ottawa & Wainoni Roads</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Burnside High School</TD><TD>Greers Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Burwood Suburb</TD><TD>Kingsford-Liggins</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Tumara Park</TD><TD>Putake Dr/Titirangi Cres</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Opawa Primary School</TD><TD>Ford Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Waltham Medical</TD><TD>Waltham Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>North Hagley Park</TD><TD>Harper Ave</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Redcliffs School</TD><TD>Main Road</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Pump Stations

          <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2><TBODY><TR><TH>School or Park</TH><TH>Address</TH><TH>Morning</TH><TH>Afternoon</TH></TR><TR><TD>Pioneer Stadium</TD><TD>Lyttelton Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Montreal</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Worcester</TD><TD>East of Fitzgerald Ave</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Woolston</TD><TD>Glenroy Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Grassmere</TD><TD>Shearer Playground</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Kerrs</TD><TD>Kerrs-Woodham</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Aston Drive</TD><TD>Close to Stout Place</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Parklands</TD><TD>Parklands Mall</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Burwood Road</TD><TD>Windsor School</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>St Johns</TD><TD>Linwood Ave/St Johns Street</TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Lyttelton Port</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>New Brighton</TD><TD></TD><TD>ALL DAY</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
          Government Welfare/Accommodation 0800 779997

          http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/w...or-deliveries/
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
            Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

            Limited bus services are due to resume on Thursday 3 March 2011

            Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by canterburyearthquake| <!-- .entry-meta -->

            Environment Canterbury is starting limited Metro bus and ferry services in greater Christchurch from Thursday March 3, which will operate free for two weeks.

            Limited services will be offered for northern routes and for
            western/southern routes between 7am and 7pm seven days a week. Eastern
            surburbs will be serviced by Metrostar, the No.60 service and the
            Orbiter. The poor condition of roads is limiting the number of services
            that can be provided in eastern suburbs.

            The northern services will operate from a terminus on Bealey Ave
            (between Durham Street North and Montreal Street).

            The western and southern services will operate from a terminus near
            Christchurch Hospital (on Hagley Ave between St Asaph Street and
            Riccarton Ave). Environment Canterbury staff will be based at both
            locations to provide help and advice for people wanting to use bus
            services.

            A shuttle will operate between the terminus near Christchurch Hospital
            and Bealey Ave so people can transfer between routes.

            Bus services will allow more people to travel to access shops, medical
            and support services, visit friends and family, as well as return to
            work if possible.

            The bus services will also help to reduce the number of cars on the
            roads – particularly in the eastern suburbs – where significant
            transport congestion is hampering access for emergency and service
            vehicles.

            Total Mobility services will continue to operate as normal with vouchers
            available from the relevant agencies.

            For more information on services operating visit www.metroinfo.co.nz

            Bus services being operated
            • Metrostar
            • 12 Northwood
            • 60 Parklands
            • Orbiter
            • 12 Murray Aynsley
            • 81 Lincoln
            • 3 Avonhead and airport
            • 14 Harewood
            • 83 Hei Hei
            • 5 Hornby
            • 15 Bishopdale
            • 84 Russley
            • 7 Halswell
            • 16 Belfast
            • 88 Rolleston
            • 8 Casebrook
            • 18 St Albans
            • 90 Rangiora
            • 8 Hoon Hay
            • 20 Burnside
            • 820 Burham-Rolleston
            • 9 Wairakei
            • 21 Ilam
            • 912 Kaiapoi to Rangiora via Woodend
            • 11 Styx Mill
            • 22 Redwood
            • 11 Westmorland
            • 23 Hyde Park
            Bus services not listed in the table above are not operating until
            further notice.

            For further information phone:
            CDEM Media phone: 027 241 0244 / 027 234 1409
            Media email: cdpublicinfo@ccc.govt.nz
            Websites: www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz and www.metroinfo.co.nz

            http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/2...-3-march-2011/
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

              Anne Tolley

              1 March, 2011
              Schools keen to re-open

              Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced that 19 schools in Christchurch City have indicated they want to re-open later this week or early next week, following the recent earthquake.

              “It’s extremely heartening that these schools feel confident enough to re-open,” says Mrs Tolley.

              “Many schools and ECE services sustained only minor damage. Those that believe they are in a position to re-open should seek support from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry will then work with the school board or ECE service, Civil Defence, and other relevant authorities to determine when they can open.

              “Many schools have already begun the clean-up operation, and I want to thank Federated Farmers for their kind offer to go in and help schools over the next few days.

              “Phillipstown School was the first to benefit from this today and I know the principal, who is determined to open for students as soon as possible, is extremely grateful for the assistance provided by farmers, students and local people.

              “A number of options are being considered for the worst-affected schools, as we plan to get all students back into some form of education as soon as circumstances allow.

              “This includes some students going off-site, schools splitting days on the same site, bringing in relocateable classrooms and providing relief teacher support where necessary.

              “Meanwhile, 42 schools and 52 early childhood education services have now opened in the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts, with more to follow later in the week.”

              Parents should contact their schools for more information on schools re-opening, or go to the Ministry website at www.minedu.govt.nz

              The Ministry also has Traumatic Incident teams on stand-by if schools require additional support.

              “There have been generous offers of support from schools around New Zealand, and this is greatly appreciated,” says Mrs Tolley.

              “Latest figures show that 2252 Christchurch students have been enrolled at schools around the country.

              “This shows that parents want to get their children back into education, and we are doing everything we can to make sure Christchurch schools are up and running as quickly as we can.”

              The Ministry website has been updated with information for parents on supporting children and their learning at home, at www.minedu.govt.nz.

              Note:
              The following table shows the local authorities where students have enrolled:

              <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=297><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Timaru District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>237


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Dunedin City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>168


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Ashburton District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>147


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Auckland


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>142


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Marlborough District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>134


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Queenstown-Lakes District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>130


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Hurunui District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>115


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Waitaki District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>102


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Nelson City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>99


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Tasman District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>94


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Invercargill City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>74


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Central Otago District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>62


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Kaikoura District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>62


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Wellington City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>57


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Buller District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>53


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Selwyn District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>50


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Waimate District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>44


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>MacKenzie District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>43


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Waimakariri District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>43


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Grey District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>41


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Westland District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>38


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Southland District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>32


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Lower Hutt City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>21


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Clutha District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>18


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Palmerston North City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>17


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Horowhenua District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>16


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Rotorua District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>15


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Porirua City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>14


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Gore District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>10


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Hastings District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>9


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Manawatu District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>9


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>New Plymouth District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>9


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Waikato District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>8


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Western Bay Of Plenty District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>8


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Hamilton City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>8


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Kapiti Coast District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>8


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>South Waikato District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>8


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Napier City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>7


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Thames-Coromandel District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>7


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Far North District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>7


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Whakatane District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>7


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Waipa District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>7


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Whangarei District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>6


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Gisborne District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Masterton District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Carterton District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Christchurch City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Rangitikei District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Kaipara District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Tauranga City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>5


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>South Taranaki District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>4


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>South Wairarapa District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>4


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Hauraki District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>4


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Central Hawkes Bay District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>4


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Stratford District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>4


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Upper Hutt City


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>3


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Waitomo District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>2


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Tararua District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>2


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Matamata-Piako District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>1


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Wanganui District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>1


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Otorohanga District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>1


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Taupo District


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>1


              </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=182 noWrap>Total


              </TD><TD vAlign=bottom width=115 noWrap>2252


              </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

                Information for deaf or hearing impaired people

                Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by canterburyearthquake| Comments Off
                Important Information for Deaf or Hearing Impaired People in Christchurch can be found below:
                Information for Deaf people:
                Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand
                www.deaf.org.nz
                Text: 021 540 172
                Phone: 021 540 172
                Fax: 03 379 5089
                Information for Hearing Impaired people:
                The National Foundation for the Deaf Inc.
                www.nfd.org.nz/ChristchurchServices
                Freephone: 0800 867 446
                Freefax: 0800 332 343
                Mob Phone: 027 288 2785

                <iframe title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VgDajBrTwUA" allowfullscreen="" width="480" frameborder="0" height="390"></iframe>

                http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/2...paired-people/
                Last edited by LaMenchos; March 1, 2011, 10:03 PM. Reason: add video link

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                • #9
                  Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

                  March 1st update for hearing impaired and deaf persons:

                  <iframe title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wckE8m97c_I" allowfullscreen="" width="640" frameborder="0" height="390"></iframe>

                  Additional information http://www.deaf.org.nz/community/for...rch-earthquake
                  Last edited by LaMenchos; March 1, 2011, 10:20 PM. Reason: add related material

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                  • #10
                    Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

                    Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE110...hb-2-march.htm

                    Earthquake Update Seventeen – Canterbury DHB 2 March
                    Wednesday, 2 March 2011, 9:14 pm
                    Press Release: Canterbury DHB

                    Earthquake Update Seventeen – Canterbury District Health Board

                    Wednesday 2 March 2011. 5.30pm
                    EARTHQUAKE UPDATE SEVENTEEN – CANTERBURY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD

                    Water
                    Water has been restored to 67% of households. Tankers are delivering water to areas without supply. You can also collect hand sanitiser, health information and facemasks from the Tankers.
                    You can expect water supply to be intermittent for the next two to three weeks.
                    Remember to boil ALL water before drinking, including tanker water, de-salinated water, and normal tap water. The City Council will advise when it is no longer necessary to boil or treat tap water.
                    Details of locations of water collection available at http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/w...or-deliveries/. Residents must take their own containers and remember to boil water before use. If you cannot boil, add 1 tsp of bleach for every 10L and leave for 30 mins. There are now two desalination plants based at Lyttleton and South New Brighton Park.

                    Chlorination of water supply
                    The city’s water supply has been chlorinated since Tuesday throughout Central Christchurch. It’s important that you continue to boil drinking water. Chlorination will cease once repairs have been completed, and the water supply is safe.
                    A free-phone dialysis helpline is available on 0800 881919. Any person who needs dialysis in the metropolitan area of Christchurch and is at risk has been moved to the North Island. In the future chlorination may be a potential issue for people on dialysis, however, it is very manageable as filtration can be fitted to the dialysis machine.

                    If staff have any concerns about dialysis patients they can contact Adrian Buttimore, Dialysis Services Manager at Christchurch Hospital on 03 364 0640 and ask for Adrian to be paged on 8202.

                    People must avoid beaches, rivers and other waterways
                    People need to avoid Christchurch beaches because they are currently contaminated with untreated sewage, says Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).
                    “Testing has confirmed that water at some Christchurch beaches is contaminated at levels that could make people very ill from contact,” says Medical Officer of Health for Canterbury, Dr. Ramon Pink.
                    The water at all beaches between the Waimakariri River and Lyttelton Harbour should be avoided. The affected beaches include:
                    • Spencer Beach
                    • Waimairi Beach
                    • North Beach
                    • New Brighton Beach
                    • South Brighton Beach
                    • Christchurch Estuary
                    • The beaches at Sumner and Scarborough
                    • Taylor’s Mistake Beach
                    • All beaches in Lyttelton Harbour.

                    It is extremely important that people adhere to this warning as the current emergency situation means there is a significant risk of outbreaks of gastroenteritis.

                    Gastroenteritis
                    The incidence of gastroenteritis remains sporadic, with no large clusters indicating an outbreak. Water is now on to 67% of households. You must still bring to the boil all water used for drinking, food preparation and teeth cleaning.
                    Do not swim in rivers and beaches, where raw sewerage may be present.

                    Treat silt as contaminated
                    Work crews and volunteers are continuing to remove silt from roads across the city.
                    As of last night around 180,000 tonnes of silt had been gathered.
                    Silt should be treated as potentially contaminated and the usual precautions should apply when dealing with this matter. Wash and dry hands, use sanitiser and wear a mask if you have one, particularly if you are susceptible to dust.
                    Masks
                    High winds have created unpleasantly dusty conditions in many areas. Masks can be purchased from pharmacies and hardware stores, and are being distributed from water tankers. There is an adequate supply, as the Pandemic supply has been released.

                    Translations
                    Key health messages will be translated into a number of Pacific Island and Asian languages and will be given to staff on Operation Suburbs when available.
                    Plunket services in Christchurch
                    PlunketLine 0800 933 922 has experienced an increase in calls from Canterbury and from families who have relocated out of Christchurch, and there is a rise in the number of car seats requested.
                    None of the central city Plunket rooms in Christchurch have water, sewerage or power. Normal Plunket services and home visits are suspended, but all Christchurch families with enrolled infants and young children will be contacted by phone, starting with the youngest (4 weeks old) and moving through to older children, to establish who is still in town. Plunket will offer advice and support, and also advice on where to go or who to contact for other support services if needed.
                    Plunket nurses have been helping families at the Welfare Centres, and Plunket nurses are now working from a base at the Cowles Stadium Medical Centre. They are providing support to families from 9 – 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
                    Plunket clients who have left Christchurch are encouraged to contact the local Plunket office or clinic in their new location, or to phone PlunketLine to re-establish contact with Plunket services.

                    Fees for Prescriptions and urgent GP visits waived until Sunday 6 March
                    All Christchurch patient are exempt from the $3 pharmacy co-payment or any other part-charges or premiums on their prescriptions until Sunday March 6. Urgent GP visits are also free of charge, also for Christchurch residents who are not currently in the city.
                    Below is list of relocated and closed pharmacies. Contact amy.milne@cdhb.govt.nz if you need the full list of pharmacies, or GP practices.

                    Pharmacy Emergency Response Information Updated 2Mar
                    Organisation Address Open - hours
                    25/2 will probably be red stickered Hammersly Pharmacy Unit 2, 202-206 Hills Road, Shirley Open Emergency dispensing only (9-12)
                    Cannot contact. Can anyone advise status Redcliffs pharmacy 87 Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch Open 9am-4pm Mon to Fri Sat and Sun closed
                    Closed Cameron Smith Pharmacy 47 Cathedral Square, Christchuch 8011 Closed
                    Closed indefinitely Pharmacy Xtra 3/347 Corner Moorhouse Avenue and Madras Street Closed (until cordon taken down) indefinitely as far as we know
                    Closed indefinitely Tower Building Pharmacy Ltd 374 Montreal St, Christchurch Central Closed
                    Closed indefinitely Repeats being done by Dodds Murrays Chemist 673 Colombo Street, Christchurch CLOSED
                    Closed indefinitely Woodham Rd Pharmacy doing their repeats. Ferry Rd doing their methadone Lakes Chemists Cnr Worcester St & Stanmore Road CLOSED
                    Closed. Repeats from Linwood Dispensary. Unichem Eastgate Pharmacy 6 Buckleys Road Linwood CLOSED- 4 weeks
                    Dispensing Unichem Eastgate's repeats. Linwood Dispensary Ltd 6 Cranley Street, Linwood 9am -5pm Mon to Sun every day incl weekends. May extend hours
                    Has re-located in Staveley Street. Sydenham Central Pharmacy 359 Colombo Street, Christchurch Closed
                    Operating from Fendalton Mall Pharmacy Hanafins Pharmacy City Mall, 272 High Street Closed
                    Operating from Pharmacy at Phillipstown The Pharmacy @ 192 Gloucester 192 Gloucester St Christchurch Closed
                    Operating from QualMed premises 14 Pope Street Bealey Pharmacy Ltd 920 Colombo St, St Albans Not open to public as such but operating for anyone and everyone who turns up. For repeats phone first. Will courier repeats. Operating via Qualmed 14 Pope Street premises Mon to Sat 8-6pm Focusing on institutions and rest homes
                    Operating from Union Street Pharmacy Unichem Brighton Pharmacy 104 Brighton Mall New Brighton Closed
                    Operating from Waltham Pharmacy St Martin's Pharmacy 92 Wilsons Road, St Martins, Christchurch Closed Operating out of Waltham
                    Relocated 1/3/11 Now at shope 1B Addington Mall 300-304 Lincoln road Addington The Pharmacy @ Addington 294 Lincoln Rd Addington Christchurch 8024 Open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon to Fri Sat 9am to noon
                    Relocated into Eastern Aranui Trying to open 2Mar Eastern Pharmacy - Wainoni 84A Wainoni Rd Wainoni Closed Operating from Eastern Aranui from 25 Feb
                    Relocated to 206 Papauni Rd, Dr Lou Hoopers premises. Alabasters Merivale Pharmacy 200A Papanui Rd Merivale Open 8.30am - 5.30pm Mon to Fri Sat 9.30am to 1pm Re-located to 206 Papauni Road -Operating out of Dr. Lou Hooper's premises
                    Repeats being done by Ewart Douglas University Pharmacy University Campus Closed
                    Unichem New Brighton has co-located into these premises. Union St Pharmacy 18 Union St New Brighton Open 9am-5pm Mon to Fri Sat 9am-12noon, Sun 10am-12noon - can extend hours if neccessary demand

                    If you need medical care phone your own General Practice team first
                    93 of the 106 General Practices are now open. Phone your own General Practice (GP) Team first – if they’re not open a nurse will answer the call and direct you to the nearest general practice that’s open.
                    If your own GP’s phone isn’t working or you do not have a general practice please contact the Pegasus 24-hour medical centre in Bealey Avenue – 365 7777,
                    the Riccarton Clinic, 3433661, (8am – 8pm daily)
                    Moorhouse Medical, 3657900 (8am – 8pm daily)
                    The Pegasus 24 hour surgery attended 216 presentations yesterday.
                    The Rural GP Practice in Kaiapoi is also providing 24-hour services to patients in Christchurch who are not able to access their own GP Teams. All rural practices report increased workflows, as city residents move further out.
                    Please keep Christchurch Hospital for emergencies only. If you need an ambulance, please phone 111.
                    A new website has been launched providing useful health information for the public http://www.healthinfo.org.nz/

                    Below a list of relocated or closed GP surgeries. All others are open.
                    SURGERY STREET SUBURB CONTACT NO. UPDATES
                    Cashmere Medical Practice
                    215 Ashgrove Terrace Cashmere 03 337 0220 Closed - Transferred to HML. Any urgent cases, Triage and contact Dr David Rollinson on 021 024 68555
                    Doctors on Cashel
                    7 Cashel Street City 03 366 2578 CLOSED - but once staff will get inside the cordon they will be up and running
                    Gloucester Sports Clinic
                    211 Gloucester Street City 03 366 0088 Closed - inside the cordon -till futher noticed
                    High Street Medical Centre
                    1st Floor, Link Centre, 248 High Street City 03 366 0235 Closed - will reopen in 3 weeks time. Anything non-urgent can phone 021 360 663 (Pls call Dr between 0900-1700hrs only) All Urgent calls pls direct them to 24Hours Surgery
                    Pacific Health Centre
                    163 Worcester Street City 03 377 8159 Closed - inside the cordon -til futher noticed
                    Promed Edgeware Doctors
                    57 Edgeware Road Edgeware 03 379 1112 Closed - Due to Structural Damage - til further noticed
                    The Clinic
                    192 Gloucester Street City GONE - if pts looking for their med records, they can turn-up at the 24Hrs Surgery. They are looking after all the pts of The Clinic

                    ACC
                    ACC have established a free phone number for people wanting to know what their entitlements are. The number is 0800 101 996
                    Healthline - phone: 0800 611 116
                    Healthline provides health advice 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Phone: 0800 611 116. Calls are answered by a registered nurse. Healthline uses language line and can access translators in many languages. Healthline can also transfer callers to mental health professionals for advice and support.

                    Midwifery care
                    Pregnant women or new mothers leaving Christchurch for other parts of the country should contact the maternity unit at their new DHB to find a new midwife, if this hasn't already been arranged. Where possible women leaving Christchurch receiving midwifery care should let them know they're leaving so they can provide maternity notes to assist in the transfer of care.

                    Specialist Mental Health Services
                    If you are currently receiving support from a CDHB Mental Health Service team (including the Community Alcohol and Drug Service, and Christchurch Methadone Programme) your team and case manger can be contacted on their usual phone numbers. Some services have been relocated but they are functioning as usual.
                    Your General Practice team can also discuss support options that may help. Phone your GP for information.
                    If you have a mental health emergency and require urgent support contact the Psychiatric Emergency Service on 03 3640 482 or 0800 920 092.

                    Community Medical Centre, Cowles Stadium, Pages Road.
                    The Community Medical Centre is open 7 days 8am – 8 pm, staffed by Australian Army Field Officers and some local GPs and nurses. The Centre will provide free primary care until Friday, by which time the surrounding General Practices will be sufficiently restored to fully take up the case-load.
                    The facility will remain for several more weeks to house health and community support services that are currently either ‘homeless’ of for which there is a significant local need. Already on-site are a mobile community dental clinic, physiotherapy services, Plunket and a psychological support/grief counselling operating between 10am and 5pm.

                    Christchurch Hospital Services
                    Detailed information on the availability of Christchurch Hospital services can be found on the Canterbury DHB website www.cdhb.govt.nz

                    Media are not to access Christchurch hospital or staff without permission
                    All media queries must be directed to the CDHB Strategic Communications Team. Please phone (03) 337 7390, or 027 502 7523/ 027 531 4796.
                    Visitors to hospital are reminded to clean their hands with alcohol gel before entering clinical areas. This is available at the entrance to all clinical areas.
                    Lyndhurst Centre is closed until Monday and women with appointments will be contacted by a staff member.
                    Rangiora and Lincoln birthing units are open.

                    Limited elective surgery will resume on Monday 7 March.
                    Elective surgery will recommence in Christchurch on Monday 7, with a reduced capacity. The clinical Directors will meet tomorrow to confirm the plan, where available capacity will be spread across all surgical specialities.

                    Patient parking & shuttle bus for patients
                    Patients with appointments at Christchurch and Womens Hospital are asked to park at Hillmorton Hospital and catch the free shuttle which will take them to the main entrance at Christchurch Hospital. Parking will be free
                    Access to the parking at Hillmorton is via the main entrance on Annex road off Lincoln road and will be sign posted.
                    The shuttles will run from 08:00 to 17:00. Leaving Hillmorton on the ˝ hour and Christchurch Hospital on the hour. Pick up at Christchurch Hospital will be the main entrance

                    Looking for an injured family member who may be in hospital?
                    Relatives looking for injured family members at Christchurch Hospital should go to the Great Escape Café in the main foyer where a relative centre has been set up and there are social workers and police available. To report missing people, contact Red Cross 0800 733 276.
                    The relative care centre at the Great Escape café is staffed by Social Workers. Police will be located at the Papanui Liaison office at Papanui Police Station.

                    Princess Margaret Hospital
                    A 24 hour ‘Transit Lounge’ has been set up which will triage older vulnerable people in the community who have high health or disability needs. The Transit Lounge will provide assessment and coordination of services. Access to the service is through SPOE (single point of entry) 337 7765. The service has reviewed 6 people today, with 5 staying overnight.

                    CDHB has set up a Facebook page for staff
                    Staff can keep up to date via Canterbury District Health Board’s Facebook page.

                    Emails of support for Canterbury District Health Board

                    If you would like to send a message of support to Canterbury District Health Board staff please email messagesofsupport@cdhb.govt.nz
                    A new website is being established with the assistance of NZ Post for national and international messages of support. A Message Of Support – amos.org.nz will go live tonight. Media release pending.

                    Canterbury Health Labs
                    Canterbury Health Labs are fully operational including their collection rooms at CHL (opposite main hospital entrance), TPMH and Burwood.
                    CHL collection rooms will also be open on Saturday morning 0800 – 1100 hours

                    The Diabetes Centre and Diabetes Christchurch Society at 550 Hagley Ave is closed. If you have any diabetes emergencies, please contact your GP in the first instance. If you are unable to find a GP, limited medical services are being offered at Cowles Stadium. A diabetes triage nurse is operating from Christchurch Hospital and is available Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm on 027 4543052. Alternatively call Christchurch Hospital 3640640 during these hours and ask to be put through.

                    Diabetes test strips and medications are free from your local chemist until Sunday 6 March. A limited supply of free meters is available at Cowles Stadium.

                    Dental care
                    The New Zealand Dental Association advises all patients in need of emergency or routine dental care to contact their own dentist first. If you can’t contact your own dentist, the oral health emergency centre has been relocated to Hillmorton. This is a Monday to Friday service only. For appointments ph 335 4260. A mobile clinic is available at the Cowles Stadium Field hospital. Christchurch dentists have an after-hours service. The contact number is 027 683 0679.

                    Check on your neighbours and keep in touch with family and friends
                    At times like this it’s important to look out for elderly neighbours and others who live alone.

                    Meals on wheels
                    If you have elderly neighbours or people who live alone, please check on them and help out if you can with meals and support. Anyone wanting to contact the Meals on Wheels office please telephone 03 337 7797.

                    Rest home residents being relocated
                    Over 300 rest home residents have been transferred within the region, and out of Christchurch to other regions from Invercargill to Auckland.
                    The volume and speed of transfers has meant that we have not been able to follow our usual process of working closely with families. Our social workers and the receiving DHB staff from around the country are contacting families affected by this transfer.
                    It is essential that all Canterbury aged residential care placements (including transfers within the Canterbury District) continue to be managed through Older Persons Health Specialist Service SPOE (3377765) and Psychiatric Services for the Elderly SPOE (3377501).
                    This is necessary to ensure our Canterbury resources are prioritised according to highest need.

                    If you believe your relative may have been relocated and you are unable to contact their usual aged residential care provider to confirm their location, please phone 337 8937 for information.
                    Respite care capacity is significantly limited and access is via GP referral only.

                    Vulnerable older people that urgently require assistance because of health or disability needs should contact Older Persons Health on (03) 337 7765 for assessment and advice.
                    Despite there being extreme pressure on Aged Residential Care beds within Canterbury, the Canterbury DHB is able to help people access services outside the region if necessary.
                    The Canterbury DHB is also establishing an additional respite service for older people in Christchurch.

                    Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Welfare Centres are currently located at:
                    Pioneer Stadium, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon
                    Baptist Church, East Belt, Rangiora
                    Burnside High School, 151 Greers Road, Burnside
                    Windsor School, 170 Burwood Road, Burwood
                    Cowles Stadium (Pages Road) is an information centre that can link you to the support you need.

                    Work and Income offices
                    People can also visit these Work and Income offices between 9am and 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm on weekends.
                    New Brighton, 26 Beresford Street (Please note, this is not a welfare centre as stated in some advertising)
                    Hornby, 25 Shands Road
                    Riccarton, 76 Riccarton Road
                    Rangiora, Corner of Good and Blake Street
                    Kaiapoi Community Link, Unit 9 The Crossings, 77 Hilton Street
                    Ashburton Community Link, Corner of Cass and Moore Street
                    Shirley, 203-205 Hills Road
                    Non-MSD welfare centres (set up and run independently) – at 11.45am
                    Ashburton Open 30 people + 50 passing through. 300 registered. Rapaki Open 45 people, 40 overnight
                    Rehua Marae Open 60 people + 100 passing through
                    Tuahiwi 60 meals - no sleeping
                    A New Brighton community-led hub centre has been established to assist isolated residents with essential supplies and support and as a base of operations for teams to go out into the community. This has been set up with the help of NZ Police and donations from supermarkets (www.tvnz.co.nz).
                    Location: Roy Stokes Hall
                    140 Seaview Rd (between the Pages Rd roundabout and New Brighton Mall)
                    Hours: 8am-8pm, 300 – 400 are accessing this hub centre daily
                    Middleton/Akaroa – daytime hub operating
                    South Canterbury Civil Defence are operating Welfare Centre in the Caroline Bay Hall for registration of affected Christchurch residents, displaced visitors and any welfare issues related to accommodation and support. The Centre is open from 9:00am until 8:00pm and can be reached on 03 684 5110 (http://www.southisland.org.nz/Earthquake).

                    Emotional responses to the recent crisis
                    It’s normal to be feeling very stressed at the moment. Everyone is affected in different ways. Some of us may feel very anxious or low in spirits. Some of us may feel it’s hard to function. If you are worried about yourself or a family member, please talk to someone in your general practice team. They can call on a wide range of mental health and counselling services, and more counsellors are being brought in to help.


                    Coping strategies - stress and anxiety
                    The Ministry of Health has created a series of fact sheets with advice and coping strategies for people experiencing stress or anxiety in the wake of this week's tragedy. These can be found on the Ministry's website - www.moh.govt.nz - under the banner headline "Christchurch Earthquake"
                    Mental Health Nurses are available to provide support in the community. Please phone your GP Team for information.

                    /
                    ENDS

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                    • #11
                      Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

                      #CHCH #EQNZ Quake Update 87

                      0750hrs, 4 March 2011


                      LATEST

                      • <LI type=disc>The number of confirmed fatalities is now 163 (updated 0750hrs, 4 March). <LI type=disc>View the official New Zealand Police list of those identified who died as a result of the earthquake: http://www.police.govt.nz/list-deceased <LI type=disc>In excess of 200 people are reported as missing (unaccounted for) in the worst-damaged sites in the city. This number will include many, or all, of the fatalities. <LI type=disc>A total fire ban remains in place across Canterbury. No fire permits will be issued.
                      • People in Christchurch residents are advised to avoid all beaches, rivers and waterways.
                      More at http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/


                      Text messages go out to Christchurch residents

                      Text messages are being sent out to Christchurch residents to keep them informed on welfare, public safety and useful information after the February 22<SUP>nd</SUP> earthquake. All the telecommunications companies, Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees, are helping get critical information to people reliant on cellphones. This is a first for a declared emergency in New Zealand.

                      The regular messages will include information about community services, such as welfare centres. There may be hiccups in the pilot system but the companies are doing their best to reach as many people as possible. It is important that people who receive these messages use the contact numbers to get assistance as replies go directly back to the telecommunications companies, not Civil Defence.

                      Mobile cellphone charging devices will be soon available at the three main welfare centres.


                      Disposal of silt, rubbish and human waste
                      If you are piling silt on the road side, keep it to silt or risk it not being picked up.
                      Bricks, masonry, carpet, and building debris should be stored on-site until they can be transported to a city transfer station.
                      People are asked not to dispose of toilet waste in public park rubbish bins as this poses a health risk for contractors.
                      Toilet waste should be wrapped and placed in a red wheelie bin.
                      Traffic congestion at transfer stations is slowing the access for Kate Valley Landfill trucks.
                      All transfer stations are close to overflowing and may have to be closed if they cannot be cleared adequately.


                      Biggest day for crews clearing silt from city streets.
                      Crews working to clear Christchurch streets of silt had their biggest day on Thursday 3 March, removing 50,000 tonnes of the grey dust and sludge.Over 420 contractors are involved in the work which is being led by City Care and Fulton Hogan. The total tonnage removed since the 22 February earthquake has now reached 218,000 tonnes, most of which has been trucked to Burwood landfill. It is estimated that a further 60,000 tonnes remains to be cleared before the “first sweep” of city streets is complete says Operations Manager Peter McDonald.
                      Weather and traffic will also play a part in how quickly the job gets done. "Traffic is a real problem at the moment. Also we really need residents to keep silt free of other rubbish and debris such as timber, carpet and broken household goods”. Once the ‘First Sweep’ is complete work will continue to remove residual silt across the city. This work is expected to continue for eight weeks.



                      Portaloo and chemical toilet update
                      • <LI type=disc>920 portaloos have been deployed around Christchurch. <LI type=disc>Another 90 are in Christchurch ready for delivery, 100 are due Friday and another 60 are due on Monday.
                      • 960 portaloos are due to leave the US over the weekend for delivery to Christchurch.
                      Chemical toilets:
                      • <LI type=disc>4000 are in Christchurch and are being delivered based on need. <LI type=disc>Another 5000 are due on Tuesday March 8. <LI type=disc>Another 20,000 have been ordered
                      • Storage tanks will be placed at a central location for people to empty their chemical toilets.
                      Heavy traffic on the roads is causing difficulties in delivering portaloos and chemical toilets, as well as cleaning and emptying them.

                      See portaloo distribution map: http://eqviewer.co.nz/index-portaloos.html

                      Questions or concerns about toilets (including after-hours) call the Council Call Centre: 03 941 8999

                      CBD operation moves to recovery phase
                      Civil Defence Emergency Management National Controller John Hamilton announced on Thursday 3 March that the focus of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team working in the Christchurch central business district following the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011 will now be on recovering bodies.
                      "As time has gone on, the chance of finding someone alive has diminished and, sadly, there becomes a point where the response effort shifts in focus from rescue to body recovery," said Mr Hamilton. "We have now reached that point," he said.
                      Since the earthquake at 12.51pm on Tuesday 22 February, 70 people have been rescued alive. The last was on the afternoon of Wednesday 23 February.
                      Jim Stuart-Black, of the New Zealand Fire Service and head of USAR, said the decision meant buildings are still treated as if they contain people. "People are handled like family members, with care and respect, as they are removed safely."
                      The USAR teams will undertake assessments of debris and prioritise for controlled clearing of debris, using machinery. They then deconstruct buildings in a way that allows searching to continue.


                      Warning on bogus EQC assessors
                      Christchurch residents are reminded genuine Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessment teams are operating only between the hours of 8am and 6pm, and are operating seven days a week. There have been reports of people claiming to be EQC assessors knocking on doors outside these hours, and in one case in the early hours of the morning.

                      All EQC teams carry official identification and residents should ask to see this if they are in any doubt. The EQC teams will not ask to go inside houses and will base their assessments on external checks.


                      Pledge website available for businesses keen to contribute goods and services
                      A web portal where businesses and not-for-profit organisations can pledge goods and services of use to other businesses or the Christchurch community has been established on http://pledge.canterburyearthquake.org.nz/

                      The site is intended for larger scale goods and services that Civil Defence can arrange to distribute for a specific community need. Pledges made through this site will be collated by Civil Defence staff to match needs identified by the many agencies working on earthquake recovery in Christchurch.

                      Donations of money can be made at www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz and through the New Zealand Red Cross. Smaller goods and services that do not require Civil Defence to become involved can be offered through the informal Trade Me site: Christchurch Earthquake Support.


                      Understanding red, yellow and green building stickers
                      If you find a sticker on your home or business, it means the building has been inspected.
                      • <LI type=disc>Red: Unsafe, do not enter or occupy. In the meantime please go to your nearest Welfare Centre for immediate help. <LI type=disc>Yellow: Restricted use. No entry except on essential business. No public entry or residential occupation
                      • Green: No restriction on use or occupancy.
                      If you have any questions about these stickers, contact Christchurch City Council on 03 941 8999.
                      If the property belongs to Housing New Zealand, phone 0800 801 601.


                      Emergency and temporary housing
                      Engineers are looking at areas of land suitable for temporary accommodation for displaced residents. Information on emergency accommodation to match people displaced by the earthquake: www.hnzc.govt.nz


                      Message for Christchurch residents who have relocated

                      Plea to Christchurch residents who have relocated since the 22 February earthquake:
                      • <LI type=disc>If you are registered with Red Cross, please contact them to update your details. <LI type=disc>If you are not registered with Red Cross, please contact your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Office, who will then register you to ensure that you are not included as a missing person.
                      • Please alert friends and family that you are safe.


                      Information for volunteers
                      • <LI type=disc>People with specialist skills should monitor requests from Civil Defence and get in contact if they are needed. <LI type=disc>Use the Trademe portal to offer general services (or phone 0800 435 700). <LI type=disc>The Student Army and Fed Farmers are reviewing their operations as large areas of Christchurch are now clear of silt. <LI type=disc>People outside Christchurch can help by fund-raising in their local area.
                      • Contact Civil Defence spontaneous volunteers liaison 027 825 6555.
                      Volunteers wanting to help in the Christchurch earthquake response may register their interest on: People wanting to contribute to the response are encouraged to contribute financially. See the 'Donations' section (below).

                      More...

                      http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/
                      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                      -Nelson Mandela

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

                        Source: http://tvnz.co.nz/christchurch-earth...-power-4046469

                        Cantabrians urged to save power
                        Published: 5:31PM Saturday March 05, 2011 Source: ONE News

                        As a cold snap makes itself felt in the next few days, Cantabrians are being asked to conserve as much power as possible.

                        The power company is making a special plea to those in the Eastern suburbs to use as little electricity as possible.

                        These suburbs include New Brighton, Dallington, Bexley, Bromley, Aranui, Avonside, parts of Burwood and Shirley, and Mt Pleasant to Sumner (all areas east of Ferrymead bridge).


                        Orion chief Roger Sutton is concerned the cooler weather will see a spike in electricity demand, putting pressure on a fragile network.

                        He said it could mean the risk of the power going off again.

                        Currently 4400 customers in the Eastern suburbs are getting power from generators, and Sutton said "the less power people use, the more people we can connect to these."

                        There are 140 cables across the network which have faults on them, and some of these cables have suffered multiple failures. In some cases entire sections of cable are to be replaced.

                        "There could be as many as 600 faults, which is more than 10 times the number of cable faults we would usually have in a year."

                        The capacity of the power network is limited until all cables are repaired, and lower electricity demand enables Orion to "share it around", Sutton said.

                        Sutton is asking Cantabrians to use the absolute minimum, particularly between the peak times of 5pm and 6.30pm.

                        He said to turn off any unnecessary appliances and keep lights to a minimum.

                        Sutton adds that hot water cylinders are power-hungry so keep hot water use to a minimum, and turn the cylinder off at the wall if it is possible.

                        Other power electricity-hungry appliances to be used sparingly include; clothes dryer, electric heaters, air conditioning, hot wash on washing machine, heated towel rails, hot water cylinder, toaster, jug, hair dryer, opening your fridge and freezer, stove elements.

                        But Sutton said if people absolutely must use appliances, especially for medical or health reasons, they should do so.


                        The power company is reporting that 95% of its network has had power restored as of this morning, with the aim of increasing that figure up to 99% by the end of Monday. The percentages exclude CBD customers and Sumner and Redcliffs area.

                        There are still 13,000 customers across the network without power.

                        - With Newstalk ZB

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                        • #13
                          Re: Important Information For New Zealand Residents and Survivors of the Feb 21, 2011 Earthquake

                          Have you been affected by the quake?


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                          Electricity


                          Before your power is restored

                          • ensure all home appliances and power outlets are turned off
                          • ensure all electric cords and appliances are unplugged from the wall socket
                          • inspect electrical appliances for any visual damage and if damage is found, do not use
                          • do not attempt to make temporary repairs to damaged or faulty electrical equipment

                          When your power is restored


                          • if you receive any tingles when touching electrical appliances or water taps, or if you hear unusual buzzing or flickering of lights when your power comes back on, turn the main switch off immediately. Seek assistance from a qualified tradesperson
                          • if circuit breakers trip or fuses blow, this is a warning that something is wrong, keep is switched off and seek qualified advice
                          • always treat exposed wires with care. Remember that turning off the main switch does not mean that the wires feeding power to your house will be safe

                          Remember

                          • take extra care wherever water is present
                          • keep children well away from electrical equipment



                          Gas


                          • Your gas pipes may have been damaged by the earthquake
                            .
                          • if you smell gas and suspect pipes may be damaged, turn off gas immediately at the meter or cylinder.You'll need to get them tested by a licensed gasfitter before use
                          • inspect gas appliances and cookers for any signs of damage or an unusual flame. If you suspect damage, do not use. Turn off at the cylinder and get it checked by a licensed gasfitter.
                          • if the appliance has a flexible hose connection, ensure you do a soapy water test prior to operating it to ensure you do not have a leak. Do this by applying dishwashing liquid to the end of the hose. If it starts foaming it means you have a leak. Get it checked by a professional before using it and ensure the gas supply and appliance are turned off.
                          • if you smell gas anywhere outside your house, contact emergency services and/or your local gas supplier

                          Remember

                          • cooking appliances should NEVER be used for heating purposes indoors or in confined spaces as carbon monoxide build-up. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal
                          • ensure all gas appliances (for example, cookers and hobs) and cylinders that supply them, are turned off when not in use.
                          • do not attempt to make any temporary repairs to damaged or faulty gas supplies or equipment. Turn off the gas and contact your gas supplier
                          • For further information, refer to Energy Safety website: www.energysafety.govt.nz

                          Other fire safety information to consider:
                          • do not use barbecues or outdoor heating appliances inside the home or in enclosed areas as carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal
                          • ensure you have working photoelectric smoke alarms fitted in your home
                          • ensure you have an escape plan and practise it regularly with your family
                          • never leave cooking unattended – not even for a minute
                          • keep all clothing, furniture and bedding at least one metre away from any heat source
                          • avoid using candles – torches are much safer. If you have to use a candle, make sure it's in a candle holder, or sits on a stable, flat surface. It must be out of reach of children and away from anything that may catch fire.
                          http://www.fire.org.nz/Media/News/20...ythequake.aspx
                          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                          -Nelson Mandela

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