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Goodbye Wellington

Goodbye Wellington

Today was my last day as a Community Resilience Advisor with the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office. It has been an amazing time with a truly incredible team of dedicated professionals, and I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have had to enhance and apply my skills in this field.

Next week I will be moving back down to the Christchurch region to begin a new role as Emergency Management Officer with the Waimakariri District Council.

Back in Friburgo

I'm now back in Nova Friburgo after a very long series of flights back from Christchurch, going through Los Angeles and New York before finally arriving in Rio. It was great to have Felipe pick me up at the airport.

Rechargeable flashlights that aren't...

You never know just what you'll uncover when find yourself with something that's "broken", a Philips' screwdriver and a little bit of time on your hand.

Because of our work with volunteer rescue teamsI was pleased to find that there two models of rechargeable flashlights (torches) here in Brazil, that are both quite cheap and often easily available. Both of them come with a dynamo that is supposed to recharge the internal battery.

This is the model that we purchased for the CERT teams that we trained in Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo:

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Arrived in Christchurch

Yesterday I arrived in Christchurch, after flying around 24 hours from São Paulo, with stop overs in Buenos Aires and Auckland. It was great to catch up with my family and some friends.

I experienced my first after-shock, a 3.6 level shock, last night and was woken up around 9:30 am this morning by a bigger one, a 4.4, which was obviously wanting to help me get quickly adjusted to the NZ time zone!

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