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Official Tsunami evacuation zone maps released for Hawke’s Bay

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Hawke's Bay tsunami evacuation zone map. Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management has released official tsunami evacuation zone maps for the Hawke’s Bay’s coastline.

The maps show evacuation boundaries based on a variety of hazard models which aim to include all possible flooding from all known tsunami sources, including ‘worst case’ rare scenarios for Hawke’s Bay for tsunami coming from both a very large local earthquake or from across the Pacific Ocean.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager, Ian Macdonald, says the maps build on information released in 2011, with the aim of ensuring the Hawke’s Bay community is well informed as to where the risk is and knows what to do.

“The main message is that after a long or strong quake, lasting more than a minute or one that makes it hard to stand, people should ‘self-evacuate’ from all zones immediately, to nearby higher ground or inland.  Don’t wait for sirens,” says Mr Macdonald.

He says Civil Defence emergency management officers throughout Hawke’s Bay will be working with local communities to develop community response plans and clear evacuation routes for residents.

The tsunami evacuation maps show red, orange and yellow zones, which need to be evacuated in different events, while all zones need to be evacuated in a major event.

“The maps are available online and we’re encouraging residents to check them out and see how at risk they are where they live, work and play.  Make your own emergency plan so everyone knows what to do and where to meet” he says.

The maps are available at the new Hawke’s Bay hazard information portal

For more information on getting ready to get thru a civil defence emergency visit www.hbemergency.govt.nz or visit Hawke’s Bay Emergency on Facebook or Twitter.

ENDS

3 September 2015

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