Allan’s motto is `be prepared’

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Preparing for an emergency is as important as dealing with one. Allan Grigg is aware of this and all the details in between.

He is a new face for some at the Hurunui District Council, and a familiar face for others.

With his hat on as emergency management officer (EMO), he will be working with council and the district’s communities, providing education and support around risk management, response methods, and community resilience.

and recover from adverse events such as floods, earthquakes, strong wind events, fires, and tsunamis, to name just a few. It could even be a meteorite strike.

Allan had a dual role during his previous eight-year tenure at the council, as EMO and principal rural fire officer.

For the past two years he has been with the Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM), based in Christchurch, as regional adviser between the National Civil Defence office and CDEM organisations in the West Coast, Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions. CDEM advice.

Allan said it was a great way to gain a greater appreciation of the links between local communities and national-level emergency management. community is, the more resources they will receive. It all comes down to the flow of information of what communities need.

Allan is now thrilled to be back in rural life in Hurunui. back. Especially the one-minute commute to the office. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with people in this great community, whom I have worked with before.

Allan has taken a slight side-step in his fire-fighting capacity, too, being a member of the Amberley Volunteer Fire Brigade for more than two years.

When he was principal rural fire officer, he managed 100 rural fire officers throughout Hurunui.

“There is a great level of fellowship in the brigade, it’s a great bunch of people. Fire-fighting allows you to develop and improve yourself physically and mentally.

There is one significant similarity between fire-fighting and CDEM work. preparation are absolutely critical.

The first part of 2021 will be busy for Allan, working with communities to create their own response teams.

“It’s about coming together with communities, looking at their risk profile, what will potentially endanger them, what their action plan will be, and what resources they currently have, and need.

He cannot emphasise enough the importance for communities to get to know the risks at their own home. you do to reduce you own risk?

One example is reducing the risk of wildfires. fires tend to burn through ember transfer. Clean your gutters, and keep debris away from the house. Choose non-flammable plants.