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Rotorua MP Todd McClay says local people should look out for friends and neighbours following the declaration of a state of local emergency covering the entire Bay of Plenty region. 

The Bay of Plenty is expected to be affected by Cyclone Cook which is forecast to hit land from midday tomorrow. 

“It’s important we look out for one another in the coming days so make sure you have a plan to keep yourself and your loved ones safe,” Mr McClay says. 

Mr McClay said that the declaration of a state of local emergency means that government agencies and emergency services are all on standby and will work closely with residents should they be needed.”

The National Security System has been activated to ensure all-of-government coordinated planning ahead of the severe weather.

The declaration of a state of local emergency also allows emergency services access to more resources from a wider area and follows another issued recently for ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“There has been a lot of rain in the Bay of Plenty over the last month. Lake and river levels are high and in many areas the ground remains waterlogged. Our services are well placed to assist but people should be prepared,” Mr McClay says.

“There will be frequent Civil Defence updates, listen to the radio and be careful when driving.”

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