2016 November Earthquake Appeal
New Zealand Red Cross teams are responding after a series of huge earthquakes hit overnight
New Zealand Red Cross teams are responding after a series of huge earthquakes hit overnight.
Red Cross’ Disaster Welfare and Support Team members are on the ground in Marlborough, providing support to the worst-affected communities and operating a Civil Defence centre in Blenheim. Red Cross is also supporting Civil Defence in Kaikoura. Other teams around the country are on standby and ready to deploy as needed.
Water has been identified as a potential urgent need, and Red Cross will offer water bladders and tap stands for distribution if needed.
Red Cross Secretary General Tony Paine is urging Kiwis to stay up to date with latest information from Civil Defence and to look out for each other.
“Remember to check on and support your neighbours and your loved ones. It has been a very rough night for many Kiwis – especially in Canterbury, where this will have been a very frightening reminder of the last five years.
“Listen to the radio or check online for the latest information and, above all, stay safe."
Red Cross is currently talking with the Christchurch City Council to see what support is needed in the city.
For those concerned about loved ones in affected areas; communications infrastructure is currently limited and we understand telecommunication providers are working to fix this.
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to try to make contact with your family members via social media, through friends and family networks and text messages. Once communications infrastructure is restored the text messages will be sent.
If you have family overseas who might be worried about your wellbeing it is good to let them know you are safe and well!
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Every day Red Cross volunteers across New Zealand deliver services to vulnerable people and communities. Our programmes include delivering Meals on Wheels to people at home, providing emergency response and welfare support in times of emergency and disaster, helping to settle former refugees, and much more.
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