Taranaki Civil Defence scales up to support region in fight against COVID-19

Ahead of New Zealand heading into Level 4 alert status in the fight against COVID-19 (coronavirus), Taranaki’s Civil Defence function has scaled up to support the people of Taranaki and help maintain essential services across the region.

“We are currently at Level 3, and at 11:59 on Wednesday night New Zealand will move to Level 4 on the national alert scale,” says Craig Campbell-Smart, the region’s Civil Defence Emergency Management group controller.

“This means that anyone not working in essential services must stay home and stop all interactions with people beyond their household.”

A central civil defence control centre has been activated to coordinate functions spanning welfare, logistics, operations, intelligence, and public information.

“Our primary function at this point is to ensure that those in our community who are not able to access essential services can get the support they need to get through the coming weeks.”

“It is important to stress that access to food, medicines and healthcare will continue to be available throughout the coming weeks. Similarly, usual financial support, such as benefits, will also continue as normal.”

“We need people to access these resources responsibly, particularly supermarkets. If you’re stockpiling, then it’s likely that someone else is missing out.”

A range of support mechanisms are being established to help those that need. For example anyone requiring temporary accommodation for self-isolation can register their need by calling 0508 754 163, or anyone who is unsure who to contact for specific assistance can call 0800 779 997.

“Our ability to get through this will rely on Taranaki’s community spirit and our own kindness. As far as isolation permits, please look after your family members, neighbours and community. Make contact regularly and check they are okay, particularly elderly members of our community.”

“It is also critical that we all strictly adhere to the isolation requirements if we are to control the spread of COVID-19. We have the opportunity to stay in front of the curve, but it will require every single member of our community to do their part,” Craig said.

The most up to date information on COVID-19 is on www.covid19.govt.nz(external link).

For all Ministry of Health updates visit www.health.govt.nz/covid-19(external link) and for Taranaki DHB updates visit www.tdhb.org.nz(external link).

For the latest Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management updates, visit our website www.cdemtaranaki.govt.nz(external link) and Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Facebook page(external link)

For information on what constitutes an essential service, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/#essential-businesses(external link)