Storm Update - If You're Cold, There's Help

22 June 2013

With about 800 customers in the Wellington area expecting to have no power again this evening, people are being strongly advised to seek help if they have no heating.

Regional Public Health and councils say it is essential that people do not get sick from the cold.

Medical Officer of Health Annette Nesdale says people with asthma or other respiratory conditions can get unwell when they are in a cold environment for prolonged periods.

She says neither the CCDHB or HVDHB emergency departments are seeing an increase in patients with these conditions so far but they want to prevent people getting sick.

People with young babies, children or older people with heart or respiratory conditions who don’t have a means to stay warm should go to stay with family or friends who have heating.

‘If you can’t get or stay warm and you or someone in your family has significant respiratory or heart conditions consider going to stay with family or friends who can help you’ says Dr Nesdale.

And she urges people to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or families with young children to see how they are coping.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown adds that anyone who is cold and who cannot get help should ring the City Council on (04) 499 4444. The Council’s welfare staff are on standby to help.

Mayor Wade-Brown says the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office is in close contact with Wellington Electricity. “The line crews are making great progress in getting power back on in what are miserable and dangerous conditions. In the meantime, though, we urge people to take steps to stay warm – and we urge people to help out those still without power.”