Waihi Beach Community Response Team

The local Community Response Team for Waihi Beach covers the North End right through to Bowentown and works closely with Athenree. The Waihi Beach group is made up of skilled and experienced volunteers who have generated a Community Response Plan for helping the community during and after an emergency.

The Waihi Beach Community Response Team has on-going training and desktop exercises and works closely with local Emergency Services. The Team works on behalf of, and has direct communications with, the WBOP Civil Defence Management Team in Tauranga and with their help, informs the community on how to stay safe and be self-reliant in a crisis.

In the Event of a Civil Defence Emergency, the Community Response Group will set up an Emergency Welfare Hub at the Waihi Beach RSA. In the event of a long or strong earthquake, tsunami warning or an official order to evacuate, head for Waihi or Athenree. If you can’t get out then go to the RSA or Athenree or head for higher ground or as far inland as you can get. Make a Plan, have your grab bags easily accessible and listen to the TV, radio or social media for further information or instructions.

How to be alerted:

  • Natural warnings
  • Download the free Red Cross Hazard App in your App store
  • Emergency Mobile Alerts

How to ensure you have Emergency Mobile Alerts turned on your mobile device:

For iPhone:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Notifications and scroll all the way to the bottom.
  3. Under the Emergency Alerts section, toggle the alert options on to enable them.

For Android:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on Advanced Settings.
  4. Tap on Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  5. Tap the Allow alerts switch to turn on.

Those without cellphones or who cannot receive an Emergency Text Alert are advised to connect with their friends and neighbours to be alerted by them.

How to plan:

  • Make sure you read your “Community Guide to Emergencies Waihi Beach North, Bowentown, Island View and Athenree” booklet delivered to every householder in May 2022. Alternatively, you can view a copy here.
  • Have your own plan.
  • Know where your Community Led Centres are should you need to go there after an emergency.
  • Have your personal “pick up and run” packs readily accessible.
  • Listen to the media as to what to do next.

Local Information will be communicated through:

  • Waihi Beach North Response Team:
    Sue Towler
    027 282 5286

  • suesun@xtra.co.nz

Author: Hannah