Bur­nett trained for dis­as­ter evac­u­a­tion

Safety is para­mount and the re­gion’s more than ready

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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