Thank You for a Successful Evacuation Exercise
Yesterday’s port-wide evacuation exercise was a big success, with everyone from across the port making their way up to top the of Bluff Hill safely.
This is the first time Napier Port has held such an exercise to practice our earthquake preparedness and tsunami response. It was certainly no small feat to prepare for the evacuation, particularly as we had to close the port gates and stop all operations for almost three hours.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our wider port family – all of our port users, tenants and security team, for your support and participation in yesterday’s exercise. There was a lot of preparation and training involved in the lead-up and we certainly appreciate the time and enthusiasm everyone has given to the response.
A thank you also to all of our customers and regular port users for your understanding around the port closure. We chose the date to minimise the impact for our customers, and also extended our Container Terminal operating hours and provided a later cut-off for today’s vessel.
The main purpose of the evacuation exercise was to make sure everyone across the port knows how to help keep themselves and others on-port safe should an earthquake and 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 region.
We trust the exercise was valuable to all of the teams across the port and are sure there will be some important learnings that come out it. Napier Port welcome any feedback you may have from the evacuation, so please be sure to send through any thoughts, ideas or questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nga mihi nui,