Ready for anything

Showing off Emergency Management Otago’s new Covertex emergency shelters at the Dunedin Army Hall on Friday are (from left) New Zealand Army medic reserves platoon commander Bill Lu, Civil Defence training capability adviser Philip Witchall, Major Incident Support Team member Max Corboy, Emergency Management Otago group manager Matt Alley, Emergency Management Otago officer Oliver Varley and Red Cross Dunedin acting response team leader Hamish MacArthur.

The two new tents cost $46,000, including equipment such as lights and generators, Mr Alley said.

The tents could be used in a variety of emergencies.

There were many past situations where emergency services would have greatly benefited from the temporary shelters, such as the Lake Ohau fire last year.


Looks like plenty of people standing around that could have been helping out taking these tents down, saw only a couple people doing so.......

May not have been familarised with the tent . It's not as if it's a simple 14x14 etc . Or any of a number of other reasons .

On a side note it may be needed as the army hall is all but unusable due to earthquake risks etc and was to be replaced when I was medically discharged 20 years ago . A new building was proposed to be constructed by the over ridge where the big box stores now are . There has been a steady run down and neglect of of the local units , facilities and equipment for years. Soon there won't even be a meaniful presence in otago/southland

"May not have been familarised with the tent" that's where those who are familiar with the tent teach those standing around how to put it up and take it down.