10 am Friday 23 March
|Caroline Orchiston (AI), University of Otago|
Project AF8 (Alpine Fault Magnitude 8)
Project AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8) is three-year initiative with the goal of improving the response capability and readiness of South Island communities for a future Alpine Fault magnitude 8 earthquake. As a boundary organization, Project AF8 connects the emergency management and Alpine Fault science communities and acts as a vehicle to engage widely across CDEM and partner agencies, lifelines organisations, government and communities. It is co-funded by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (Rural Priority Laboratory), QuakeCoRE and EQC. A major contribution from the science team was the development a robust, scientifically credible Alpine Fault scenario, which describes the hazard footprint of a predicted event. Detailed impact assessments of the potential damage to buildings, casualties and injuries, and restoration timeframes have also been undertaken. The science team has provided more than forty presentations to a range of agencies, including DOC, Ministry of Health, Mayoral Forums, Chinese Embassy, Red Cross, Local Government, Ministry of Transport, emergency services and CDEM groups over the past 18 months.
Using the scenario as a foundation for regionally-focused, multi-agency planning workshops in Year 1, a major output of Year 2 has been the development of the SAFER Plan (South Island Alpine Fault Earthquake Response), which outlines response priorities, actions, and resources for the first seven days post-quake. The plan is currently being socialized with all Project AF8 partners before being formally adopted by the project’s partners. In addition, social media and community engagement is an important focus of Project AF8 as a tool for reaching communities and organisations who will play a role in the response and recovery post-quake. A feature of the project has been the constructive engagement with traditional and new media, for example Fairfax Media’s Press newspaper and its Stuff news platform, in sharing the messages of the project for community-wide discussion. Project AF8 has developed a series of short and long-format videos and have partnered with Radio New Zealand to host them on their YouTube channel. This will give Project AF8 excellent visibility and ‘searchability’ online into the future.
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