We have just completed our 7th community-based workshop in Upper Hutt, Wellington on the 18th of March. This workshop was postponed due to the recent changes of the Covid-19 alert levels. Some people could no longer participate because of the rescheduling. But, 19 people still came and all of them shared their views regarding the feasibility of the Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) System in New Zealand.
As usual, we broke the ice by asking people to choose their standing positions based on their levels of comfort on benefit and trust in the possible EEW system. We found it quite effective to get people’s engagement through an interactive activity from the start, it helped our participants open up later in the discussions.
People sincerely shared their opinions during the workshop. Several issues have been brought up. For example, people expressed their trust issues in the system. But the participants also shared that their level of trust can be raised by providing more information and limiting public sharing of data. Trust takes time and it can change over time.
Participants also shared their concerns about the safety and stability of the network and emphasized the importance to have more access for vulnerable communities like the elderly, disabled, and homeless people.
In the end, every participant wrapped up and wrote down their suggestions towards the EEW system in a categorized way. It was a great workshop and we appreciate everyone’s attendance and support.