Evacuation Exercise – Tuesday, September 8, 2020
On Tuesday 8 September, Napier Port plans to hold a port-wide evacuation exercise to practice its earthquake preparedness and tsunami response.
The purpose of the exercise is to practice the response of Napier Port, its people, its tenants and other port users to evacuate the port in real-time following a simulated offshore earthquake and tsunami.
WHEN: Tuesday 8 September from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
If you’re nearby, you may hear the emergency warning system
During the exercise we will activate the port’s emergency warning system at the following times, which may be heard across Bluff Hill and down to Ahuriri:
||Emergency Tone being Tested
|Tuesday 8 September
Watch Act Tone
All Clear Tone
|Every Tuesday, Ongoing
||Test Tone (Westminster Chimes)
Each tone will be followed by a voice announcement, which will start with ‘For Exercise Only’. You can listen to the emergency tones in the above Port Emergency Warning System section.
Port teams and users will be evacuating from Napier Port to Bluff Hill
People involved in the exercise will follow our evacuation route up Hornsey Road via Sturm’s Gully.
A Traffic Management Plan will be in place on Breakwater Road and the Karaka Road route from 9:30am to 12:00pm to ensure the exercise is carried out safely. If you are driving in the area you may experience delays.
COVID-19 Alert Levels
Due to Ministry of Health guidelines for public gatherings, this exercise will only go ahead under the following conditions:
Alert Level 1 – Port-wide exercise, involving up to 600 people
Alert Level 2 – Staggered approach in smaller groups, not exceeding 100 people
Ensuring we’re prepared in the event of an emergency
Our teams need to know how to keep themselves and others safe should a tsunami happen. As a lifeline utility, it’s also vital that we are able to function as fully as possible during and after an emergency for our customers and our region.
As you may be aware, we practice our Port Emergency Warning System every Tuesday at midday. If you hear the Test Tone (Westminster Chimes) at this time – and the words ‘For Exercise Only’, please be assured we are just testing the system to ensure our emergency preparedness.
We are working with local authorities including Napier City Council, NZTA, NZ Police, HB Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Hawke’s Bay DHB, Red Cross and the Salvation Army to plan and ensure we manage the exercise safely and minimise any inconvenience as much as possible for our community.