When a disaster strikes, it is the community which are the first responders. Help for people in need comes mostly from neighbours, existing community groups, faith-based organisations and volunteer organisations, such as Neighbourhood Support, Lions, Rotary, Salvation Army, Residents Association, sports clubs and so on.
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty are working across the district to support communities and people to come together and form a local Community Response Team.
They assist the team to produce a Community Response Plan that identifies local hazards and local resources that may be used in an emergency and help to identify locations for a community-led centre. These are often the natural "centre" of a community and are places where people can come together and support each other during an emergency. The aim is to empower your community to do what they do best – look after each other.
If you'd like more information on how your community can develop a plan or how to be involved in an existing team, please contact us on 0800 884 880 or email@example.com
These are the communities that have a Community response team:
Waihī Beach, Athenree, Bowentown, Tanners Point, Kauri Point, Katikati, Wright Road, Matakana Island, Ōmokoroa, Te Puna, Te Puke, Paengaroa, Maketu and Pukehina Beach.