As always in times of crisis, keep your heads screwed on and stay calm. Use common sense.
Yes, some of us saw this coming.
Look after your families, friends and neighbours first and foremost guys, and keep your ears to the ground and your eyes to the skies.
Be kind and considerate to all. Don’t give in to greed, fear, or anger.
Love and compassion is your greatest defence.
Quotes from this item:
“After the deadly 2011 earthquake, the military was deployed to Christchurch to help police and Civil Defence, including unarmed cordon security in the central city and conducting patrols. It was the largest Defence operation on home soil….Asked what preparations it is making for Covid-19, the Defence Force provided an emailed statement from an anonymised spokesperson.
“So far, the Defence Force has deployed a small number — totalling about 20 — planners and other specialist staff to aid in the response. This number has built up over recent weeks to the current level. These personnel have been deployed to all-of-government centres helping manage the response, and to specific government agencies.”
Readiness a standing requirement
The military can fulfill various capabilities, from transport aircraft and vehicles, through to trained personnel helping government agencies. “As a relatively small military, the NZDF maintains high states of readiness. This is not unique to the current situation, this is a standing requirement of the Government.”
Deployment for specific tasks would be at the request of civil authorities, the statement says. “The Defence Force remains ready to do so.”
So there you have it: They actually OPENLY ADMIT a connection to the Christchurch quake scenario as a precedent for military involvement.
Announced on the radio news 8.30 am today (NZ Herald via Radio Hauraki) that Police and possibly military personnel could (“hopefully not”) be deployed to shopping malls, supermarkets etc, as well as street patrols to “assist” with quarantine enforcement.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the military will be called on if needed to ensure the public follow the Government restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bush will lead the Government’s operational response to Covid-19.
He told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking his role included heading an operational command centre and structures and working with chief executives to assign roles and responsibilities.
Bush said he would work with the health sector and there could also be need from Civil Defence.
As for panic buying, and would the police or army end up involved, he said: “I could very shortly see a place where the police, hopefully not the defence, complimenting what we do to ensure that people do comply with what we do.”https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12318924