Tsunami information open days for Thames residents

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The Thames-Coromandel District Council are putting on tsunami information open days for those on the west coast of the Coromandel.

This gives local communities an opportunity to learn about the natural disaster and the potential threat tsunami’s pose to the Firth of Thames.

The aim of the open days is to create further awareness and a chance for more community input.

The council are putting on four information sessions; two on Wednesday, June 19 at the Thames Bowling Club from 12pm until 2pm, and at the Te Puru Hall from 5pm until 7pm.

The remaining sessions are taking place on Thursday, June 20 at the Coromandel Council Board meeting room from 12pm until 2pm, and at the Colville Community Hall from 5pm until 7pm.

The council’s emergency management unit officer Pamela Balt says she has been working with communities around the district to establish response groups.

"We've heard that alerting and evacuation are among the two biggest concerns locals have in a tsunami and so these open days we're holding provide an opportunity for the public to have the science explained so that they can be better prepared to respond," says Pamela.

"Community response plans are developed so there's better measures in place to help communities look after themselves. When a natural disaster hits, people may need to take care of themselves for up to three days before help can arrive."

Visit the Waikato Regional Council’s website here to read about the tsunami modelling and assessments, and to look at the maps for your area.

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