Emergency Action Guide: Get ready before a disaster strikes

Burdekin Shire households will receive an Emergency Action Guide to help them prepare for natural disasters.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had been developing a brand new Emergency Action Guide with a focus on natural disasters and this November, free copies would be distributed to all households in the Shire.

The guide is also available on Council’s website here: Emergency Action Guide

“Between 10 and 13 cyclones are expected to form in Australian waters this summer,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“With November now marking the start of cyclone season, it’s important to prepare your home, cars, boats and pets to make sure everything is ready.

“It is vital that every household has a ‘WHAT-IF’ plan. Take the time to ask yourself what are you and your family going to do if a cyclone, bushfire, flood or other disaster strikes.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council’s new Emergency Action Guide would assist residents to prepare their emergency plans, emergency kits and evacuation kits, along with providing information on the risk and likelihood of disasters within the community

“Know your evacuation route, have an emergency kit and take steps to limit damage to your property,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Knowing where to get information during emergencies is also critical.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Council were the community’s official sources of information during a disaster.

“Depending on the severity of the event, during a disaster the Burdekin LDMG may establish a Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) which will be manned by trained Council staff, emergency services and key agencies,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“You will find disaster information about when the centre is operational on the Burdekin Shire Council website, the Burdekin Shire Council Disaster Coordination Centre page on Facebook, public notices and the local radio.”

Council’s Emergency Action Guide 2017-19 was made possible thanks to funding from the State Government’s 2017/18 Get Ready program.

The guide will hit mailboxes in the Burdekin Shire in coming days.

 

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