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Church donates emergency equipment

Friday June 06, 2014 Written by Published in Outer Islands
LDS Public Affairs Director John Mateara pictured with Aitutaki LDS Church leaders and Aitutaki Mayor John Baxter with members of the Aitutaki Island Council and Government Minister at the handover of the Emergency Container last month. 14060545 LDS Public Affairs Director John Mateara pictured with Aitutaki LDS Church leaders and Aitutaki Mayor John Baxter with members of the Aitutaki Island Council and Government Minister at the handover of the Emergency Container last month. 14060545

Emergency and disaster assistance products worth $30000 have been donated to Aitutaki.

The Humanitarian Assistance Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints donated a 20-foot container of the goods to the outer island.

Spokesman for the church Piltz Napa says “the container provides necessary evacuation material for church members, visitors and the community of Aitutaki.”

The request for such a container came about after the more frequent efects of natural disasters especially cyclones on the island. The LDS chapel is designated an Evacuation and Emergency Centre in Aitutaki and can house approximately 150 persons. During the last cyclone it housed 100 people for about one week.

There were some difficulties identified at that time with insufficient resources to cater for large numbers, despite assistance from a local tourist accommodation hotel. Therefore, it was decided that the church would provide a container with products and material to assist in the recovery period following a disaster.

The container of materials will be managed by the church and remain under lock and key. In the event of an emergency the designated church representative will work with an official from the government’s Emergency Management Division of Aitutaki.

LDS District President Piltz Napa on behalf of the church would like to extend his appreciation to all the departments that have assisted in making this assistance possible, including EMCI Director Charles Carlson, Cook Islands Government, Chief Customs Officer Ngapoko Ngatamaine, CI Red Cross and Mayor of Aitutaki John Baxter and members of the Island Council of Aitutaki, also Government Ministers in Aitutaki, and not forgetting LDS Aitutaki Branch President Tuaine George and his branch leaders.-  Release   

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