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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Are you prepared for an emergency? I am very aware that I have talked about being prepared to cope with a major Civil Defence emergency before. I used to think I knew most of the concerns related to such emergencies. Not so. I have recently found out that I have gaps in my knowledge! Apparently only about 30 per cent of residents in the Greater Wellington Region are adequately prepared! And, the one element most likely to be lacking in our preparedness is — water! According to the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management at least three litres per person per day are needed for drinking. Extra water is also needed for washing, etc. If you go to the internet site and read through the document “Working from the same Page — consistent messages for

CDEM Part A — General Information” you will find a great deal of very relevant information including “Medications — prescription and non-prescription that are used regularly. Check with your physician and pharmacist on storage requirements” and under “Assemble a Get-away kit — First Aid and essential medicines” and finally in the section “Emergency supplies for Vehicles — You may also consider medications.” What about those people in the community who are totally reliant upon supplies of medicines that are critical to their maintenance of good health? Are they able to maintain at least two weeks supply in advance? That is the absolute minimum supply recommended. A few medical practices and a few pharmacies actually contact patients to remind them to collect their repeat prescriptions, but it is still up to each individual to keep a close eye on their supplies of essential medicines. Please make sure

EVERY DROP: In the case of a Civil Defence emergency at least three litres per person per day is needed for drinking. Extra water is also needed for washing, etc. you keep your supplies in advance and as up to date as possible. Do you take some medication with you when you leave home? What if you are going further afield? Roads will be impassable so you might not be able to get home.

In a very severe earthquake we may not even have radio contact — radio transmission towers may be damaged. We will have no choice but to rely upon our neighbours. We all need to know some basic details that relate to our neighbourhood, and to always

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keep up to date. Finally there are 12 community emergency hubs on the Kapiti Coast. Do you know those nearest to you? ■ The Older Persons’ Council meets on the last Wednesday of each month in KCDC Chambers from 1pm to 3pm.

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Eco Funerals The topic of environmentally—friendly farewells “eco-funerals” covers a wide range of issues, from full “natural burials” in specially designated areas, to simple choices made throughout the funeral arrangements that will minimise the environmental impact and carbon footprint of someone’s funeral. Common areas of focus are embalming, the preparation of the deceased and caskets. EMBALMING: Modern embalming is now the usual way of preparing the deceased in New Zealand, with approximately 80% of deceased persons being embalmed. But when thinking of an environmentally—friendly funeral most people believe that doing nothing, and certainly not embalming, is the most natural state for the deceased.

However, this does not recognise the accumulation of toxins or chemicals that build up in one’s body during life, or drugs that may be introduced during a final illness. These often leave the body in an anything but natural state. So simply doing nothing to the deceased does not rid the body of harmful toxins in the body or remove the chemicals induced through medications during the later stages of illness. Techniques such as EcoPrep resolve both these issues. For more information on eco friendly options now developed we suggest you contact your local funeral home to find out what type of eco- friendly options they can provide. CASKETS: There are many Eco friendly caskets

available, in fact so many that funeral homes can’t carry them all in stock. But most catalogue items can be obtained within 48 hours. THE THREE MOST USED ARE: The ‘Willow Woven Casket’ - This is a specialised woven willow casket sourced in New Zealand. This is more expensive than plain pine. The ‘Plain Pine Box’, known as a Settler. This is made of seconds Pine and supplied with rope handles. The ‘Crafted Pine’ – This is made from 1st NZ pine and supplied with finely crafted wooden handles that are comfortable to carry with. As mentioned above, there are many more eco friendly caskets available including bamboo, ply and woollen. By Andrew Malcolm

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