Tool gives real-time knowl­edge in times of dis­as­ter

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

BA­NANA Shire Coun­cil has launched a new on­line dis­as­ter man­age­ment dash­board, which it says will pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive, user-friendly platform for res­i­dents to use in the event of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

De­signed to be a one-stop shop for in­for­ma­tion and up­dates, the dash­board will al­low res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the shire to check on the lat­est weather warn­ings, road con­di­tions, power out­ages and emer­gency news.

A live, in­ter­ac­tive map of the Ba­nana Shire dom­i­nates the page, with road clo­sures and other con­di­tions such as po­ten­tial ac­tive cen­tres marked clearly in real time

Links to help­ful con­tacts, river height in­for­ma­tion, rel­e­vant so­cial me­dia pages and tips for be­ing pre­pared are also available.

“The dis­as­ter man­age­ment dash­board is an ex­cel­lent tool for the com­mu­nity to ac­cess real-time dis­as­ter and emer­gency man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter an event,” a coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

Last week it was an­nounced Ba­nana Shire Li­brary would be fit­ted out as a back-up dis­as­ter co-or­di­na­tion cen­tre for the Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Group, to be used in the event the coun­cil cham­bers are dam­aged.

The fit-out was mostly com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, as well as en­abling back-up power gen­er­a­tion.

The dis­as­ter man­age­ment dash­board project was funded un­der the RACQ Get Ready Queens­land pro­gram.

The dash­board can be found on­line at­nana.qit­

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