3 years ago by Helen Shea
The coastal communities of Te Awanga, Haumoana and Clifton have a chance to practise their tsunami evacuation routes this weekend.
A tsunami hīkoi is being held on Sunday from 9.45am (until 12.30pm), organised by Civil Defence volunteers from Hastings with local emergency management officer Alan Daly, and the support of East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary).
A tsunami hīkoi is a walk that takes people along their tsunami evacuation route, either inland or to high ground. It is an opportunity to practise evacuation with family, neighbours and friends.
Alan Daly says everyone everywhere should know how to prepare for a tsunami and what to do to be safe.
“This is true for people who live or work near the coast, but also for anyone who may visit. It is important to know whether you are in a tsunami evacuation zone,” says Mr Daly.
The walk will start at 10am from three different locations – Te Awanga Hall domain area, Haumoana Hall carpark and the picnic area opposite Cape View Four Square. It will follow signposted tsunami evacuation routes to the safe zone at Haumoana School on Raymond Road.
There will be a free sausage sizzle at the school, activities for the kids, plus more info on tsunami and emergency preparedness.
There will be free bus transport thanks to Gannet Safaris, to ferry people back towards their homes from 11.30am.
Any other communities interested in being part of a tsunami hīkoi project should contact East Coast LAB