Emergency Prep Training with Local Schools


Students from seven local schools are working with Lisa McLaren from WREMO on how to use the Civil Defence Radio System.

Three southern Porirua Schools; Cannons Creek, Tairangi and Titahi Bay along with four Northern Porirua Schools; Discovery, Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay and Pauatahanui are all Community Emergency Hubs (formerly known as Civil Defence Centres).  They are the go to locations in each area if there is a disaster in the area.  At each of these schools, a Civil Defence Radio is housed which will communicate to the WREMO centre and to each other to check in and report the state of the people and place and what the needs are in an emergency.

Needless to say, it is important that these radios are checked regularly to see that they are in working order and communication is clear.  This is the regular job of the students involved and the training they have undergone teaches them proper radio etiquette.

Their work is important and teaches life-long skills of; being prepared in an emergency, clear communication, working together for everyone’s safety, supporting Porirua City Council’s strategy of ‘ensuring the community has the knowledge, preparedness and resilience to manage during an emergency and recover after an emergency’.

This project has seen 28 students being upskilled in working the Civil Defence Radio.  They will check the radio once a week talking with students from other schools.  Next year these students will train another set of 28 students and the cycle will begin again.

There is a celebration of their work and commitment to their community to be held at the pools later in the term.  Here they will be able to meet the students from other schools they have been communicating with on the Radio.

Cannons Creek & Titahi Bay School

Discovery School

Pukerua Bay School

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