Message type: Alert
Hazard type: Weather, Health, Environmental
Urgency: Future
Severity: Moderate
Certainty: Observed Event
Recommended Action: Resume normal activities
Effective Date: February 10, 2020
Effective Time: 9:30 AM
Expiry Date: February 28, 2020
Expiry Time: 2:00 PM
Who is issuing this alert: Emergency Management Southland
Description of event/hazard:

The Southland Mayoral Relief Fund is now open and available to help Southlanders impacted by the 3 February floods.

Last week the fund was boosted by a $100,000 contribution from the Government and the public have also been donating. Invercargill City Council will also consider topping up the fund at an extraordinary council meeting on Monday.

“This fund will be able to support our people with what they need in the form of a one-off payment. We are seeing many local people who have suffered hardship or been disadvantaged as a result of the flooding. Having this fund available will certainly make life easier for them,” Emergency Southland Controller Angus McKay says.

“If a local resident, business or organisation has been impacted by the floods, and cannot get support anywhere else, they will be able to apply.”

“The fund was originally set up to assist people to recover from the extensive 1984 Southland floods. It’s appropriate that we use the fund to help local people impacted by the latest floods on 3 February.”

Criteria for applications and further information on the fund, including information on how to apply, can be found on the Mayoral Fund page.

If people across New Zealand want to donate to the fund, they should deposit money to the following account:

BNZ Bank
Account: SDC – southland flood relief
Account No. 02-0924-0064987-006

What Should affected people do?

Seek help and support if feeling unwell or stressed.

Contact Info: 0800 76 88 45