Whanganui DHB board members acknowledge flood response

30 June 2015
Whanganui DHB board members have paid tribute to the many locals and out-of-towners who helped respond to the June 20-21 flood.
Board members say the Whanganui District Council, Mayor Annette Main, the Civil Defence team, the Emergency Services teams, the Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN), WDHB staff and management, and many other agencies and individuals did a sterling job.
Board chair Dot McKinnon says she’s very grateful to the council for recognising the need to have a health representative at the Civil Defence emergency control centre briefings and for their inclusion of WDHB messages alongside their own on radio and on the council’s website.
Mrs McKinnon says while it’s impossible to name every person and group who helped with evacuations and donated food and household items, “the hundreds of people young and old who came out to help clean-up the worst hit areas are also deserving of a mention”.
“As a board, we feel very proud to be part of a community that rallied so quickly to help those in need. It was heartening to see all the agencies pull together and coordinate the district’s response.
 “It’s also inspiring to hear that people are still dropping donations off at the WRHN each day to help those who remain isolated.”
Besides being the key collection point for non-perishable food and household items distributed by the army and Red Cross, the WRHN has been delegated to manage the coordination of prescriptions for people unable to leave their properties. Their medications are being flown in by helicopter.
The board acknowledges and thanks the WDHB staff who stepped in to cover for their colleagues unable to get to work as a result of the flooding.