28 November 2017
announcement of a further $170,000 in funding towards Project AF8 is a positive
move in preparing the South Island for the potential rupture of the Alpine Fault.
money was announced today by Civil Defence Minister Hon Kris Faafoi as part of
the 2018 Resilience Fund, a fund administered by the Ministry of Civil Defence
and Emergency Management to support initiatives that improve resilience locally
Management Southland manager Angus McKay says since starting the project in
2016, awareness had been raised of the likely scenario for when the Alpine
have improved cooperation across the South Island and have a very strong
relationship with key scientists working towards understanding earthquakes in
New Zealand. This year we are developing a SAFER (South Island Alpine Fault
Earthquake Response) Plan, which will guide the response for the first seven
days in any future Alpine Fault rupture event.”
additional funding for year three will assist with planning, carrying out
community engagement, maintaining links within the science community and
securing further long-term funding.
rupturing of the Alpine Fault would be a significant event, with major
ramifications for infrastructure and communities across the South Island.
says having an effective plan in place for the whole South Island is the best
way to be prepared for the effects of a rupture and the project has also been a
valuable opportunity to bring together scientists and Civil Defence staff to
share their knowledge.
that we have the basis of a really good response plan, we need to ensure that
the systems, resources and people are in place to enact it when it is required.
A plan can’t just be tucked away and forgotten about, we need to make sure that
if the worst happens, people know what they need to do and how we can best