Municipality has disaster plan

Piet Liebenberg
RESIDENTS of Kouga’s coastal towns like Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay have nothing to fear in the case of a tsunami.
Local authorities say they have matters under control.
According to the Kouga local municipality spokesman Mfundo Sobele, they have a disaster management plan that was adopted by the various stakeholders serving on the Response and Recovery team.
“The team comprises of the municipality’s technical services and environmental management departments, department of health emergency services, private medical practitioners, coastal management and the department of environmental affairs. In cases of disasters, the team will be activated as soon as we get an alert.”
He also reiterated that they are in contact with Weather Services who will alert them of any potential dangers and as soon as they receive such alert, they will inform the community which would be affected by the potential danger.
“Measures to be taken would depend on the nature of the potential threat.” However, Our Times found that most people working in Diaz Road adjacent to Dolphin Beach were blissfully unaware of the tsunami warning that was sent out by the Council for Geoscience on Wednesday, April 18 after an 8.7 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia in which South Africa and more specifically, the Eastern Cape was included. Certainly nobody indicated that local authorities alerted them but those that did know of the warning listed Sky News and radio service RSG as their source.

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