1 Mar 2010

Farmers review tsunami response

6:11 am on 1 March 2010

Federated Farmers wants to see some improvements to the way the organisation manages its tsunami response in light of the threat posed by Sunday's event.

The Ministry of Civil Defence issued a tsunami alert just before midnight on Saturday after a 8.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile.

As part of the warning some farmers were told to prepare for waves of up to three metres.

While the federation has good flood warning systems in place, it says it is not prepared to give farmers in coastal areas advice about whether they need to move stock to higher ground or what they may need to do to prepare.

Emily Crofoot, who farms at Castlepoint Station in coastal Wairarapa says Sunday was the second tsunami alert her property had faced in six months.

She moved stock from the flat area and there were more than 100 people in the holiday park complex and they had to be warned and moved out.

Ms Crofoot says the communication from Civil Defence was excellent.