AF8 Roadshow Completes First Tour
Last month the AF8 Roadshow wrapped up its inaugural tour of the South Island. The Roadshow forms a pivotal part of AF8’s ongoing communication activities. While we can’t predict earthquakes we can prepare for them. By sharing the AF8 hazard and impact science and preparedness information widely, the Roadshow aims to equip communities with the knowledge and interest to engage with the science behind an AF8 earthquake, what that will mean for their region, and how we can be better prepared for the next AF8 event.
On our 3-week tour we visited 11 communities, including 9 schools, around the South Island. We ran sessions with the year 7-13 students at the schools, with over 940 participating in activities designed to engage them in AF8 hazard and impact science and preparedness information. Asking what is the Alpine Fault? where is it? why should we care? and, how can we prepare? In the evening we hosted presentations by AF8 scientists, sharing much of the same information and encouraging communities to take actions towards being better prepared. These were open to the general public with a total attendance or over 900.
If you missed out on our Public Science Talks we’ve made some of the recordings available HERE. Unfortunately, due to the range of venues and audio equipment in each location, the sound quality varies – apologies for this. Using headphones often improves the quality of the audio.
The Roadshow is really just one part of the conversation around how we can be better prepared, not just for the next AF8 earthquake but any significant natural hazard event. There is more work to be done to support this conversation at all levels. The next AF8 event will require a coordinated response, we will have to work together and that requires talking to each other and sharing information and knowledge.
We are still working on rescheduling the dates for Franz Josef and Hokitika, which were postponed due to the extreme weather event. We’ll send an update next month with more information on this. We also hope to be able to bring the Roadshow to more communities later in the year. To keep up to date with these plans, follow us on Facebook and/or subscribe to our Newsletter.