Auckland Civil Defence - Tornado update


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The Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) has transitioned from response to recovery following the tornado that struck Albany yesterday afternoon.

If people require welfare assistance or information about buildings or properties damaged by the tornado they can call 0800 463 010.

Auckland Civil Defence Controller Clive Manley says building inspectors are continuing to assess the damage to commercial and residential properties.

"We are working with engineers and police to check all the Albany Mega Centre commercial buildings. We will open these up to the public over the next couple of hours in incremental phases. Public safety is our number one priority."

Car park entrances at Westfield and MegaCentre remain closed.

An Administration Centre set up in the vicinity of Placemakers (Police Command Vehicle) to assist people with recovery of cars. People wanting to collect their cars can report to the Police Command Vehicle or phone the North Shore Policing Centre for further information: 09 477 5000.

Torando advice

  • Tornadoes are rare in Auckland, high winds are not.
  • When high winds are forecast make sure everything on your property is fastened down as best you can.
  • Boaties secure moorings.
  • Make sure you have an Emergency Survival Kit in your home and an Emergency Plan for your family. Find out more information at www.getthru.govt.nz
  • If you see a tornado, take shelter indoors if possible - basements are obviously safest, failing that downstairs rooms - preferably those with no windows. Stay in the centre of the room - get the maximum number of walls between you and the outside.
  • If you're outside, lie down low in a low lying area or a ditch and protect your head with your arms.
  • If you're in a car and see a tornado coming, get out and shelter in a safe place or on low ground. Do not shelter under your car or try and outrun a tornado in your car.

- Auckland Civil Defence