Learning from past disasters

The damage sustained in Edgecumbe during the flood. File photo.

Eastern Bay of Plenty residents will now have a resource to look back on, with the distribution of a report detailing the learnings of the district’s recovery from ex-tropical Cyclones Debbie and Cook in 2017.

The report summarises the outcomes of a Recovery Team debrief and is accompanied by a ‘Toolbox’ including all of the documents and resources used for the District recovery effort.

The debrief document is designed to provide local and national Civil Defence organisations with insights that may help during future disaster recovery efforts.

It focuses on the Whakatane District Recovery Team’s actions, processes and experiences during the recovery phase since the April 2017 storm events.

Recovery Team Leader Julian Reweti says while recovery efforts are continuing, it was important to capture and review the actions undertaken while the key agencies and personnel involved were accessible and knowledge remains fresh.

He says while the document did not necessarily represent best practice, or a how to guide, it did provide a starting point for others to use and improve on.

The debrief document and toolbox will be presented to the Bay of Plenty Emergency Management Joint Committee in June.

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