Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Earthquake Information

Printed below is information taken from the DCC's website about ways
the public can help those in Christchurch. The link to the relevant
webpage is
and there is also a direct link to it from the DCC website's homepage.
This item was published by the Dunedin City Council on 22 Feb 2011.

<Red Cross Person Enquiry Line now activated/>
The New Zealand Red Cross person enquiry line is now activated.
People in New Zealand concerned about the wellbeing of friends and
relatives in Christchurch should call 0800 REDCROSS (0800-733 276). If
you are unable to contact a friend or relative in the Christchurch
area, call the Red Cross person enquiry line. Red Cross will be able
to tell you if that person has registered with Civil Defence. People
are encouraged to do this before reporting friends and relatives
missing. People enquiring from outside New Zealand should call
+64-7-850 2199.

People affected by the quake can call the Government's earthquake
helpline for advice. The helpline will run 24 hours a day. The number
is 0800-779 997.

<How to Help/>
You can donate to victims of the earthquake at:

The Salvation Army: Freephone 0800530000 online at
by post: The Salvation Army, PO Box 27001, Marion Square, Wellington,
6141. Mark correspondence: "Canterbury Earthquake Appeal".

Any ANZ Bank: Account number 01-1839-0188939-00.

Any National Bank: Account number 06-0869-0548507-00.

Red Cross Freephone 0800 733 276 or for donations

Offers of local accommodation can be made to the iSite Visitor Centre
at 20 Princes Street or by phone 03-474 3300.

<Postal Services/>
Mail and courier deliveries are suspended for at least two days for
the Christchurch metropolitan area, and other areas serviced by the
Christchurch Mail Centre will also be affected. The mail centre's
closure will affect mail deliveries to other parts of the South Island
while alternative sorting arrangements are made. PostShops are closed
for staff to attend to their families and for buildings to be checked
for damage.
Damage has been reported in several PostShops. Check for updates at

<Phone Services/>
Power has been cut to cell sites so many mobile phone users are
without coverage. Do not overload phone lines with non-essential
calls. Civil Defence is asking for the public to keep cellphone use to
a minimum, especially voice and data. If you must use your cellphone,
text. Christchurch's 111 service has been diverted to Wellington, but
network damage, overloading and power blackouts could affect
connections. Telecom says payphones in the Christchurch area will be
free to use.

The NZ Transport Agency has closed Lyttelton Tunnel. Damage and rubble
have closed many roads in the city. NZTA asks motorists to make
essential trips only. State highways are open but the Chaneys on-ramp
to State Highway 1 north of Christchurch is closed. Please check for
updated information.

Earthquake and other emergency preparedness information can be found
in the Civil Defence section of this website.

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