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They are given just 10 minutes' warning for the drill but that presents few problems for this well-prepared religious com- munity. There are 3000 Mormons in Porirua and Tawa, most of whom are prepared for unforeseen events, says Elaine Harvey, the church's lower North Island emergency response liaison. Churchgoers keep a grab bag'' of essentials to last them 72 hours and are encouraged by church leaders to store a year's worth of food and have three months' living expenses saved. There are telephone trees set up for emergencies and the church promotes resilient communities through neighbourhood support and street party events. It's a great, well-organised church, really,'' Mrs Harvey says. Self-reliance is a key Mormon philosophy. Churchgoers try to be prepared for any emergency, from a sudden redundancy to a natural disaster. The big overall reason is when we're able to help ourselves we're more able to help our neighbours,'' Mrs Harvey says. She stresses the church is not preparing for the second coming or the end of the world. Our emergency preparedness focuses on the here and now.'' If a Mormon cannot help them- selves, their extended family is the next port of call, Mrs Harvey says. Church members fast once a month and donate the money they save on food to provide an emerg- ency fund for members, she says. The church wants our people to be conscious of always being pre- pared and to plan ahead, not just live from one week to the next. Nobody's immune from challenges and trials,'' says Elaine's husband George Harvey, the church's Wel- lington stake president. Our job is really to teach people to make good decisions about self and family preser- vation.'' Grow your own For gardener Sam Buchanan, self-sufficiency is as much about freedom as survival. There's a whole lot of different motivations, like saving money. My main motivation is having a better life without money.'' Mr Buchanan tutors at Kene- puru's Te Rito Organics and at home in Paekakariki maintains a flourishing garden. This autumn he grew more than 30 types of fruit, nut and veg- etable, from garlic to hazelnuts, strawberries and cape gooseber- ries. He keeps chickens, brews beer, hunts, fishes and makes pesto and preserves. Self-sufficiency is about more than preparing for economic or natural disaster -- it creates a richer lifestyle, Mr Buchanan says. I don't think everything's going to come crashing down in the next few years. I think we're going to see a slow erosion of living stand- ards,'' he says. With a little bit of skill you can make things a whole lot nicer. The vegetables will be fresher, probably tastier, and I think when you've grown your own vegetables you want to make the best meals from them -- you don't just want to throw them in a pot.'' Communities have to band together for self-sufficiency to work, Mr Buchanan says. Self-sufficiency is a very bad term. No-one has been self-sufficient since humanity evolved. We have always been a community species,'' he says. What you don't grow you can get from your neighbours across the fence.'' Paekakariki has a strong community spirit, with loc- als regularly sharing pro- duce and staging parties and gigs at their hall. It's not just about food. Entertainment is a real need for people.'' Gardening isn't difficult but people often expect too much as beginners, Mr Buchanan says. It's about raising the level, what can I produce, what am I interested in producing and what's going to make my life bet- ter?'' he says. We don't have to look after ourselves but I prefer to think we'll choose to look after ourselves a lot more because it's a better way to live.'' For more information on pre- paredness read the booklet It's Easy -- Get Prepared for an Emergency'', available online at pcc.govt.nz, search word It's Easy''.
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