Emergency Operations Centre signs off
After 68 days, our Southern Waikato Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has now been stood down.
The EOC was a joint effort by Taupō District Council, South Waikato District Council, Waipa District Council, Otorohonga District Council, and Waitomo District Council to help support our communities in the wake of COVID-19.
Head of economic development and business transformation John Ridd, who was one of the EOC controllers, said up to 60 Taupo District Council staff were deployed to the Centre, operating out of our Rifle Range Road base, and thanked them and the other members of the community who came together to help.
“In addition to our council and Civil Defence Taupō staff, this was a real community effort, with numerous groups and businesses helping out to deliver over 500 food parcels and house more than 100 people.
“I’d like to thank all the community groups, iwi groups, businesses and organisations we’ve worked with over the last few weeks to help take care of our people.
“And while our EOC is standing down, we’re always here and ready to help – if you need assistance due to COVID-19 then call the helpline on 0800 779 997,” he said.