Council training ensures speedy response to tsunami threat

2/09/2016 5:00 p.m.

​Just two days after Ashburton District Council took part in a national civil defence exercise, staff were successfully putting their training into action in the wake of this morning's national tsunami alert.

Council staff were notified of a tsunami threat in the early hours of this morning resulting from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake off the East Cape region of the North Island, and promptly engaged their civil defence protocols to protect the community.

"Our Emergency Management Officer Don Geddes was the first in our team to respond to the tsunami alert. His response was immediate and effective, and ensured that the contact people on our Coastal Settlement list were all notified of the tsunami threat as soon as possible," Council Chief Executive Andrew Dalziel says.

Successive updates throughout the morning suggested Canterbury would not be at risk of tsunami activity, and the alert was officially cancelled at 8.30am.

"Council's actions this morning demonstrate our preparedness for emergencies and the quality of our staff who work to ensure the best outcomes in times of trouble," Mr Dalziel adds.

Council had participated in Exercise Tangaroa on Wednesday 31 August, an activity designed to test staff on their response to a tsunami threat.

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