The District Councils are updating their Websites and Facebook pages.
Civil Defence West Coast info is at www.facebook.com/emergencywestcoast and www.westcoastemergency.co.nz
NZTA is advising drivers to check the NZ Transport Agency Journey website www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz or calling 0800 44 44 49 for 24/7 road condition information on closures or delays.
Keep informed with your regional council websites/facebook or radio station.
· The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.
· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?
· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.
· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.
· Check power and phones. Report outages.
· Check dogs, poultry and pets.
· Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?
· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention.
After a flood or storm
* Stay informed
* Help others if you can, especially people who may require special assistance.
* Ensure stock and domestic animals have food, water, and shelter where necessary, and are secure. Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are meet.
* Throw away food and water that has been contaminated by floodwater.
* Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
* Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.
* If your property is damaged, take notes and photographs for insurance purposes. Lodge insurance claims as soon as possible.
* Assess damage to water supply and reticulation systems. Which troughs are contaminated with silt and will need cleaning?
* Assess damage to access lanes, tracks, gateways, culverts and fences. What clearing away of flood debris is needed?
* Assess damage to pastures, the depth and type of silt.
* Assess available non-flooded pastures and other undamaged feed reserves.
* Use the resources available. Contact local council civil defence flood relief co-ordinator, industry groups, Federated Farmers, Rural Support Trusts, Rural Women NZ, or other resource providers.
* Talk to your accountant, bank manager, insurance company.
* Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.
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