February 11, 2023
Be prepared -severe weather warning
States of local emergency remain for Auckland and Coromandel due to severe weather.
A severe weather warning is in place with Civil Defence and Emergency organisations such as Auckland Emergency Management urging people to prepare now.
Cyclone Gabriell could hit the North Island with severe gales and heavy rain from Sunday through to Tuesday. Severe weather is likely to impact communities in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, northern and eastern Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.
Civil Defence advises people to
- Keep up to date with MetService weather forecasts https://www.metservice.com/
- Have grab bags ready for everyone in your family. These should include short term essential supplies such as medications, snacks, water, torches, pet food, and baby formula (if needed).
- Remove any debris or loose items from around your property and tie down heavy outdoor objects. If you have a trampoline, turn it upside down to minimise the surface area exposed to wind.
- Clear debris and leaves from external drains and gutters to prevent overflow or water damage in heavy rain.
- Check on your neighbours and anyone who might need your help.
- Power cuts could affect EFTPOS and ATM machines, so make sure you have some cash at home or food and water to last 3 days.
- Visit https://getready.govt.nz/en/emergency/storms/ for more information about how to get ready for severe weather.
States of local emergency remain in place for Auckland and Coromandel due to severe weather.
If life, health or property is in danger, call 111 immediately.
Local updates for Auckland are being provided at www.aucklandemergencymanagement.org.nz and on the Auckland Emergency Management Facebook.
Local updates for the Coromandel are being provided at www.facebook.com/ThamesCoromandelDistrictCouncil and www.tcdc.govt.nz.
The National Emergency Management Agency has stood up its National Coordination Centre to support the response and coordinate any central government support that may be required.