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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday June 6 2018 27 News Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn Are you ready for another big quake? • By Julia Evans CANTABRIANS have become complacent over being prepared for another big disaster. Civil Defence has released its latest survey on how ready we are if another big natural disaster strikes. And it doesn’t make overly good reading. The results show 47 per cent of Christchurch households have enough water stored, compared to 79 per cent in 2011. Overall 12 per cent of Cantabrians surveyed said they feel “very well” prepared, compared to 31 per cent in 2011. And those who consider being prepared “very important” has dropped since 2011 from 76 per cent to 65 John McClure per cent. The result has left the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group “surprised” and “a bit disappointed,” welfare manager Jessica Petersen said. Ms Petersen said as time moves on from major emergency events like 2010 and 2011 people become less prepared. She said new residents moving to the city also has an impact on figures. Psychologist John McClure said people become “complacent” as their “sense of risk” fades. “If people had not been harmed or directly affected, memory tends to fade . . . but being prepared is very important, you never know what might happen and when.” However, both said there was more that could be done to improve awareness. “One thing that might help is an annual event, a bit like when GET READY: A new survey has found Cantabrians have become complacent over being prepared for another big natural disaster. you’re encouraged to change your smoke alarms during daylight saving,” Prof McClure said. He said another way would be through Government legislation. “It applies to building standards, but not emergency kits. Building standards are more immediately important, but these other things could also be saving lives.” Civil Defence has launched the ‘Never Happens? Happens’ campaign to get preparedness back on people’s radars. “We want people to talk to each other – family, friends, workplaces, community – and consider different situations they might face and develop a plan for them,” Ms Petersen said. She said people needed to be thinking long term. It comes at the same time as the release of the ProjectAF8 report. ProjectAF8 lays out what would happen in the South Island in the event of a magnitude 8 earthquake from the Alpine Fault. On FAST FACTS •98 per cent said earthquakes are the most likely disaster to affect Canterbury •76 per cent said earthquakes were of most concern •47 per cent said they have enough water stored to last average there is a quake from the fault every 300 years, the last in 1717. three days, while 92 per cent had enough food •49 per cent said they have taken steps to prepare for a disaster •However, only 12 per cent said they feel “very well” prepared for a disaster TOWARDS YOUR WIN $1000 WARDROBE TRANSFORMATION Request a FREE measure and quote from HomePlus and go into the draw to win $1000 towards your wardrobe transformation. Choose from the many stylish high quality systems - all custom made to fit your home and lifestyle. *Promotion closes 20 July 2018. Measured, made and installed by our team of experts. 5 year warranty. 88 Gasson St, Sydenham | 03 379 3740 | www.homeplus.co.nz