Groups plan for disaster

Community organisations prepared for disaster in Dunedin this week.

About 15 community groups attended a disaster preparedness workshop at Dunedin Central Community Link on Thursday.

Dunedin Council of Social Services executive officer Sue Russell said the discussion stressed the importance of community groups becoming better prepared to make decisions if a disaster struck.

Self reliance, information and networks, and creating a plan and sharing it with staff were key to being prepared, she said.

Civil Defence, Red Cross Otago, Neighbourhood Support and Southern District Health Board emergency management were some of the key agencies making presentations at the workshop.

The community groups also worked on a guide to help businesses prepare practices to survive, and potentially thrive, in a crisis, she said.


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