Take life­line every­where

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WHEN dis­as­ter strikes your only life­line can be a stick.

The Scan­ning it pro­gram vis­ited Mt Perry Li­brary on Tues­day and pro­vided res­i­dents with a free ses­sion to have all of their most im­por­tant documents copied, signed by a Jus­tice of the Peace and scanned onto a USB stick.

Pro­gram founders from the North Bur­nett’s com­mu­nity re­cov­ery team have even de­signed USB bracelets so these scanned documents can be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble around an in­di­vid­ual’s wrist.

“These bracelets are wa­ter re­sis­tant and rel­a­tively hard wear­ing, to en­sure they can serve their pur­pose when re­quired,” North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt said.

“So far we have had no ad­ver­sary to the pro­gram and the idea seems to be tak­ing hold in the com­mu­nity.

“People have even come up to us in tears telling us how they wished some­one had thought of an idea like this be­fore the (2013) floods,” said the team mem­bers.

The pro­gram be­gan last Wed­nes­day in Gayn­dah, where a to­tal of 136 documents were scanned.

“We used a digi-scan­ner, which has no mem­ory and as documents are scanned straight onto the USB, which the owner then takes away, there are no is­sues with con­fi­den­tial­ity,” Mr Pitt said.

All li­braries in the North Bur­nett will be vis­ited by Satur­day, May 17.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the lo­cal li­brary, see the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil web­site or seek out the com­mu­nity re­cov­ery team at all of the up­com­ing shows.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

FEEL­ING GOOD: Valmai Sch­midt, Suzie Ke­une and Melinda Jones spread the word about com­mu­nity re­cov­ery projects.

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