Kāpiti Emergency Centre Stages Covid-19 Trial For Staff

The Kāpiti Coast Council says staff were reminded to be ready for anything after a test based on a Covid-19 scenario at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) this week.

The exercise was based on a scenario where infections were picked up following an imaginary swimming gala attended by thousands of visitors.

Earlier this year, the Centre, at the KCDC facilities in Fytfield Place, Paraparaumu, was the base for the Council’s initial response to COVID-19 before lockdown (later the response team moved to a virtual operation).

Who does what in an emergency

The Emergency staff in the test planned an initial response, including-

1. Who they needed to make contact with

2 What resources and tasks were needed

3. Who had responsibility for what

4. What other partners they could call on.

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The exercise was observed by two specialists from Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office. They declared the exercise to be a success.

Kāpiti Coast District Council Emergency Controller, James Jefferson, says he was pleased that within 45 minutes a fully functioning Emergency Operations Centre was set up. 

Readiness for all

He also says that it’s a good time now for everyone to reflect on their own readiness.

“It’s really important that people keep up the COVID precautions, but it’s equally important to have a plan for other types of emergencies.

“Having a plan, storing seven days of household supplies and knowing those around you are the basics of being ready for anything,” he says.

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