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9 March 2011
This bulletin gives Christchurch staff news on the current earthquake response and other helpful information. Email us if we can help you in any way: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 623 010.
While more customers are now reconnected to the power network, there is also an increased pressure on the electricity grid. To conserve power: turn off unnecessary appliances such as heated towel rails; keep lights etc. to a minimum; and use appliances sparingly. It’s important to keep using your fridge and freezer.
Prince William will attend next week's national memorial service to mark the Christchurch earthquake. The national memorial service to remember quake victims will be held at Hagley Park on Friday 18 March. The service will start at 12.45pm and will include two minutes' silence at 12.51pm. The service will be televised.
At the response centre, things are now starting to progress from the “response” phase of the work to the “recovery” phase. A Christchurch-wide recovery plan for MAF is being developed to meet the on-going and longer-term needs of operations at 6 and 14 Sir William Pickering Drive; the airport; and Lyttelton Port. Maintaining the support services we have in place for the well-being and safety of MAF people and their families is the top priority.
All air conditioning ducts have been secured with chains to prevent them falling. Other building repairs have been largely completed and the building is secure. Use the front entrance when you return to work, as you’ll need to have a safety briefing.
Managers are continuing to check those not ready to return to work and, with the assistance of HR, will offer ongoing support to those who need it. We understand that you may need to take special leave sometime in the future. Your wellbeing and that of your family remains the most important priority. If you need more time away from the office, please talk with your manager.
We’ve got a range of support in place:
It’s important we support one another and keep in contact with colleagues who aren’t yet in a position to return to work. Someone may need help if you notice changes such as:
Take the time to talk to each other about how we’re feeling and coping. If there’s a problem, there is assistance available from HR, the Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) and elsewhere.
EAP provides tips on coping with earthquake stress.
With regard to animal products (meat, seafood, pet food etc processing plants), the office at 6 SWPD is providing the normal range of services – it is “business as usual”.
Christchurch Response Centre Manager