Burnett trained for disaster evacuation
Safety is paramount and the region’s more than ready
NORTH Burnett Regional Council staff, along with community groups, has undergone training in operating evacuation centres and performing psychological first aid.
It’s all part of an evacuation centre project jointly funded by the council and the State Government as part of the RACQ Get Ready Queensland program.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the council’s number one priority during a disaster was to look after the safety of people.
“Although our homes are usually our shelter, sometimes there may be a need for residents to evacuate their homes if it’s no longer safe to stay,” she said.
“Ideally residents will be able to call on the support of family and friends if this need ever eventuates, but for those who cannot find alternative accommodation, the Local Disaster Management Group will establish an evacuation centre.”
Cr Chambers said the initiative, which is an all-hazards disaster preparedness and resilience building program, aimed to position Queensland as Australia’s most disaster-resilient state.
The project also includes creating for each town a kit containing the essential supplies to establish an evacuation centre.
“They don’t contain everything needed to run the entire centre but provide the basics to make those first few hours much smoother,” the mayor said.