Sharon CousinsShe was contracted to the Southland Rural Support Trust (SRST) as an emergency management consultant as part of its flood response to farmers in February. My working career brought me into Civil Defence and Emergency Management in 2006, and I have worked in emergency operations centres for floods, storms, earthquakes, volcanic activity and biosecurity activations. I am a level 4 tutor for the New Zealand Co-ordinated Incident Management Systems used in emergency response. During the contract years I built on my rural background knowledge and connections to offer support to various rural support trusts and their networks for more than one adverse event (weather or biosecurity). I was working for Emergency Management Southland when the floods began.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 24, 2020 15:22 UTC