This page outlines what to do to prepare for a major incident, such as an earthquake, and how to deal with the aftermath. You can also find updates about current incidents.
11 April 2017
All 57 schools and about 80 early learning services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty will be advised to close tomorrow as a precaution ahead of Cyclone Cook.
With heavy wet rain forecast to hit the region from about midday tomorrow, there is concern further flooding will close roads already affected by slips. We do not want to risk having students stranded at schools as a result of road conditions.
Following today’s decision by the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence emergency management group to expand the state of emergency, we are taking precautions and asking all 57 schools in the Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau districts to close. We are also asking about 80 early learning services including Kohanga and home-based care services in these areas to close tomorrow.
These closures are for tomorrow only. The developing weather situation will be reassessed tomorrow afternoon to decide whether the schools and ECEs reopen on Thursday.
The forecast heavy rain has the potential to cause further closures outside the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The best information will come from these schools and early learning services themselves as they make decisions about closures. Parents are advised to check their websites or Facebook pages or contact them directly.
After a major or traumatic incident
Use this information to help you through the aftermath of a major incident, such as an earthquake.
- Checking your property after a major incident
- Emergency response coordinators
- School Building Insurance Funding Programme
- Traumatic incident management support
- Supporting children and young people following the floods [DOCX, 152 KB]
- Support for schools following the floods [DOCX, 149 KB]
- Support for parents following the floods [DOCX, 147 KB]
Prepare for a major incident
Find out how to prepare for a major incident.
- Pandemic planning kit
- Preparing for and dealing with emergencies and traumatic incidents
- Civil defence emergency relief at schools
- What’s the plan Stan? (external link) (Civil Defence website) – a resource for teaching Civil Defence in schools
- Preschool resources (external link) (Get Thru website)
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