Burdekin Shire Council today launches an online portal that will function as a one-stop shop for emergency information during disasters and throughout the year.
Residents and visitors can go to the Burdekin Shire Council Emergency Dashboard to access real-time information from multiple sources including Council, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Ergon Energy and Queensland emergency services – all in the one location
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Dashboard was now live and could be found at disaster.burdekin.qld.gov.au.
“It will have Burdekin-specific information regarding any emergency news, road closures, power outages and weather forecasts, all in the one place where it can be easily and quickly accessed by the community,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“We are very proud to have this dashboard go “live”. The objective is to have a page the community can go to for real-time information about what is happening in our Shire during times of disaster.”
Cr McLaughlin said access to up-to-date information was critical during emergencies, when situations could change quickly.
“Having one webpage, where people can go to access live feeds about which local roads are impacted, what the weather is doing and what areas are affected by power outages, will go a long way to improving the connectedness of the community during a disaster,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“It will also be a great resource that the community can access year around, as a one-stop shop for live updates pertaining to road closures, blackouts, weather events, emergency services updates and more
“The Dashboard will also have links to further information and resources to help our residents plan and prepare for disasters before they strike.”
Cr McLaughlin said the Emergency Dashboard had been created by Queensland Company, QIT Plus and Council’s disaster management team.
“This project is able to be delivered thanks to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as part of Council’s Get Ready Burdekin funding,” she said.
Cr McLaughlin said 35 councils across Queensland now used Emergency Dashboards on their websites and had reported great feedback from their communities.
She encouraged all residents and visitors to explore Council’s Emergency Dashboard by visiting disaster.burdekin.qld.gov.au and to save the Dashboard as a favourite on their computers, laptops and smart devices.
For more information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800, email or visit www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.