Auckland Emergency Management continues to monitor the impacts of Cyclone Gita-related storm conditions in the south of the country.
“Auckland is no longer at risk of a damaging weather event,” says John Dragicevich, Director of Auckland Emergency Management. “While it’ll still be wet and windy, Gita’s effects are more likely to be felt further south.
“On this occasion we are safely out of the cyclone’s path. However, it is a good reminder for us all to talk to our family, friends and neighbours about planning for an emergency.
“Last Friday the predicted path of Cyclone Gita was heading straight for Auckland; this significant swing to the south shows just how unpredictable damaging weather events can be and emphasises how important it is to pay attention to weather forecasts and have a plan in place for any eventuality,” he says.
Would you be ready if a cyclone struck?
While Auckland is out of Gita’s path, we could easily have borne the brunt of the ex-tropical cyclone with its powerful winds and deluge rain. As well as securing outdoor furniture, and clearing household drains and guttering, people should always have a plan to look after themselves in an emergency.
“From knowing how to secure your trampoline to talking to the children about how they might get home from school if roads are closed or the power is out – we all need to be prepared to respond if the worst happens, says Mr Dragicevich.
“And on the subject of securing your trampoline – start by checking the manufacturer’s advice. All trampolines are different, some can be secured using an anchoring kit available from the manufacturer or online, others can be secured with ropes or sandbags.”
Tips for staying safe in a storm
- If your property or suburb may be affected by slips and power outages, prepare for the possibility that road access may be cut off.
- Ensure you have a supply of food and provisions in case you find your property isolated.
- Treat power lines as live at all times.
- Report flooding and trees down on public land to Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.
- Debris can become stuck in drains – if you see this call the council.
- If your property is damaged, take photographs for your insurer as early as possible
Further information about flooding and blockages can be found at the Auckland Council website.
- Make sure you always drive to the conditions.
- Never drive through floodwaters or over slips.
- Avoid areas where flooding has occurred and, if roads are closed, observe these closures at all times.
- If you find yourself stuck in flooding, get out of your car as quickly as possible and move to higher ground.
- Take care driving after heavy rainfall and winds, as some roads may be slippery and affected by slips or debris.
- Drive slowly and carefully.