After just getting into bed, I, like many of you, raced to drop, cover, and hold. Amongst all this damage, destruction, and unease, Monday’s earthquake has also proven the depth of resilience and compassion, not just in New Zealanders, but also in our friends overseas.
Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, and the Commonwealth Secretary General all expressed their sorrow and support for New Zealanders, while the Commonwealth spirit was on full display, with ships from Australia and Canada joining the first U.S. warship in 30 years to visit New Zealand responding to the call for assistance. HMNZS Te Kaha, HMNZS Endeavour, HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Wellington were joined by the HMAS Darwin, HMCS Vancouver, and the USS Sampson to ensure Kaikoura was supplied and people could evacuate.
This incredible sign of cooperation in the face of such destruction shows just how important it is to maintain links with nations around the world, and stand ready to assist when called up, as has occurred in Christchurch and Japan in 2011 after similar seismic events. These events can bring out the best in us, rising to the challenge under the most perilous of circumstances – I’m incredibly proud to be a Kiwi after seeing some of the amazing stories of assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake!
Now more than ever is it important to heed the advice of officials and experts to be ready to respond when disaster strikes, and to be willing to lend a hand to others in need after such catastrophic events. Make sure you’re ready by heading to http://www.civildefence.govt.nz
for up to date information and advice.
As always, stay safe, and look after one another