Volcano exercise a blast from the future

Published: Mon 16 Aug 2010 09:28 AM
Volcano exercise a blast from the future
by: Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group - 16 August 2010
Mount Taranaki is on the brink of a virtual eruption, and the people of the region are being offered a ringside seat.
Registrations opened today for Taranaki Blowout (, an internet-based community exercise to be based on an eruption scenario and aimed at increasing people's understanding and preparedness.
Taranaki Blowout will run for six weeks from mid-September, with registered participants to get email alerts as "volcanic activity" steadily increases in line with the scenario developed by volcanologists.
"Not only will participants gain a better understanding of how an eruption is likely to unfold, they will also get good advice and information on how to prepare now for the day it happens in reality," says Taranaki Blowout spokesman Mike Langford.
"We're anticipating a lot of interest, especially as the best scientific advice is that there's a one in two chance of an eruption within the next 50 years."
The exercise is being organised by the region's Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, with whom Mr Langford serves as the Taranaki Regional Council's Senior Emergency Management Officer.
"We're confident this will be New Zealand's biggest community-based volcano exercise," Mr Langford says. "Previous exercises here and elsewhere have involved Civil Defence and other agencies, but this one is all about public involvement."
Taranaki Blowout will include information and advice tailored for three groups:
• Individuals and households
• Businesses
• School teachers
"So whether you're at home, school or work, this is an opportunity for you to learn and understand more about our mountain and the impacts of an eruption, and what you can do to be prepared," says Mr Langford.
The New Zealand Red Cross New Plymouth branch is a partner in the exercise, which is also being supported by GNS Science, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, M Pacific and Powerco.
Taranaki Blowout will culminate during Get Ready Week (formerly Disaster Awareness Week) and the CDEM Group is planning follow-up surveys to assess the effectiveness of the campaign.
To find out more about the exercise, go to
Browse by Date
HomeRegion and CouncilNewsVolcano exercise a blast from the future
Region and Council
About the region
About the Council
Council newsletter
Public notices
Council jobs
Contact us
Environmental awards
Fresh water
Hazardous substances
Pollution incidents
State of the Environment Report 2009
Recycling and waste
Info for business & industry
Your environment online
Resource consents
Application forms
Applying for a resource consent
Consent charges
Making a submission
Pre-hearing meetings & hearings
Compliance monitoring
Dams, safety and consents
Transport planning
Bus services
Total Mobility
Harbour and port
Policies, plans & strategies
State of the Environment Monitoring
Consent monitoring reports
Guidelines, procedures & publications
Financial plans and reports
Annual reports on significant activities
Information sheets and newsletters
Civil Defence
Taranaki Blowout
Current emergency
Listen to these stations
Emergency Welfare Centres
Civil Defence Emergency Management
Civil Defence text alerts
Pandemic influenza
Preparing for an emergency
About this site
Site feedback
Links A-Z
Skip to main content Go to list of access keys Go to home page Go to site index Go to contact us page Go to New Zealand government site

Next in New Zealand politics

In Pictures: Thousands Join Budget Day Protest Hīkoi Across Aotearoa
"A Brain Drain Budget": Luxon Offering Kiwis A One-way Ticket To Australia
By: First Union
Silencing Environmental Voices With Budget 2024 - More Motivation For Protest
By: Greenpeace
Budget 2024 In Charts: What Does It All Mean?
Budget 2024: Winners And Losers
Government “living In An Alternative Universe” With 2024 Budget
By: WWF-New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media