16 Mar 2015

Cyclone Pam: What you need to know

11:27 am on 16 March 2015

Cyclone Pam is now classified as an intense extra-tropical cyclone but is still having an impact as it tracks south-eastwards past the north and east cast of the North Island.

Cyclone Pam

The latest satellite image of tropical cyclone Pam Photo: Metservice

The Ministry of Civil Defence said large, possibly damaging waves and strong winds are being experienced on the east coast of the North Island, especially from Hawkes Bay to Cape Reinga. The ministry has activated the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC).

How to prepare:

  • Tie down anything likely to be blown about, such as boats, trampolines, outdoor furniture and rubbish bins.
  • Prepare a getaway kit in case you have to leave the house, with food, a radio, medical supplies, water, clothes and an emergency blanket.
  • People camping or living in coastal areas should move to higher ground.
  • Make sure you have enough food and water in your house to last for three days, and any medication you need in case you can't get out.
  • Avoid travelling on the roads in exposed or coastal areas once the storm hits.
  • People with boats in the Gisborne Marina should take them out if possible or make sure their moorings are secure.

Website and radio information:

  • Weather information: www.metservice.com
  • Emergency preparedness: www.getthru.govt.nz
  • For news and civil defence information listen to Radio New Zealand on your local frequency or check the website.

For local information, Gisborne Civil Defence and Emergency Management will broadcast over these stations:

  • 945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB
  • 585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou
  • 90.9 FM - ZGFM
  • 98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou
  • 98.9 FM - More FM
  • 94.8 FM - Radio Live
  • 91.7 FM - Turanga FM
  • 88.5 FM - Uawa

Those in affected areas are advised to keep a close eye on MetService and Civil Defence websites for up-to-the-minute information.