Council sends staff to assist with the quake aftermath

In the aftermath of the big shake in Canterbury on Saturday 4 September, the Hurunui District Council has deployed several staff to the Christchurch City and Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils to assist them. 

The council’s officers who have gone to help so far, are those whose jobs include building inspections, water and wastewater repairs, emergency management, welfare management, and civil defence emergency operation centre skills.  “We have made the offer to help in any way we can, and expect to send more personnel once we get the request for more”, said the council’s acting Chief Executive Offer, Bruce Yates.  “The enormity of the job that lies ahead makes it essential that we lend a hand where we can.”  The Hurunui District was fortunate to have escaped the brunt of the quake, with few cases of damage having been reported. 

The Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Controller, Bob Upton is co-ordinating the offers of help from other councils and organisations to assist the three councils which have activated their emergency operation centres.