Place of Refuge for Evacuation Zones and Vulnerable Residents

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) wishes to advise that the Burdekin Multi-Purpose facility at the Ayr Showgrounds will be opening on Monday 27 March, 2017. The facility is intended as a short term shelter option and has very basic amenities.

The Place of Refuge must be considered as the last option for residents that live in an evacuation zone or feel vulnerable, having exhausted all other shelter options and are unable to leave the warning area.

It is important to note that the facility has limited capacity and you will need to be aware of the following:

  • You will need to be seated in a chair and will not be able to lie or sit on a mattress or stretcher;
  • Domestic pets and other animals will not be allowed in the shelter and you will need to make other arrangements for sheltering your pets prior to the cyclone season.  Note:  assistance animals are permitted to enter the shelter and stay with owners;
  • All personal belongings are to be kept within a backpack or small bag able to fit under a chair.  You will need to be self-sufficient and support yourself and your family for the duration of the shelter period, so you need to include personal medications, essential non-perishable food and refreshments, identification papers and essential personal items.  Anything deemed oversized and / or unnecessary will not be permitted into the shelter;
  • There are no public cooking facilities, limited bathroom facilities, and limited medical support provided;
  • No smoking is permitted;
  • There will be limited transport and parking options – please follow direction of Council staff;
  • When using the refuge, you may be in the facility for up to 18 hours or more.  During these times the building will be “locked down” for a period when the cyclone is passing.  To ensure the structural integrity of the building and the safety of occupants there will be NO ability to enter OR leave the shelter while it is in “lock down”; and The Place of Refuge at the Ayr Showgrounds will be opened from 8am, Monday 27 March 2017.

LDMG Chair, Cr. Lyn McLaughlin said “residents’ safety is the first priority and encourages users of the Place of Refuge at the Ayr Showgrounds to be well prepared for their stay, to be considerate of others and to follow directions of Emergency Services personnel.”

The Place of Refuge at the Ayr Showgrounds will be opened from 8am, Monday 27 March 2017.

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