Get pre­pared for an­other cy­clone

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WERE you pre­pared for Cy­clone Mar­cia?

If an­other trop­i­cal cy­clone was to cross our coast to­mor­row, where would you go? What would you take with you?

These are the ques­tions Liv­ing­stone Shire Coun­cil is pos­ing to res­i­dents next week as they ask the com­mu­nity to join them at the Yep­poon Cy­clone Shel­ter for an evac­u­a­tion ex­er­cise to put into prac­tice the lessons learned from 2015.

Mayor Bill Lud­wig, who is also chair­man of the Liv­ing­stone Dis­as­ter Management Group, said the long term ef­fects of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters like TC Mar­cia would con­tinue to have sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts for years to come, and for some, last­ing men­tal scars.

“When Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia crossed the coast near Shoalwater Bay on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2014 it caused wide­spread dam­age and set chal­lenges for our re­gion, which in some ar­eas we are still work­ing hard to over­come,” Cr Lud­wig said.

“Next week we are giv­ing the com­mu­nity and our re­sponse agen­cies an op­por­tu­nity to put that re­silience and the lessons learnt from TC Mar­cia to the test.

“The open day will give the com­mu­nity the chance to visit the cy­clone shel­ter and find out the in­for­ma­tion they need should dis­as­ter strike, so they can make in­formed de­ci­sions about their safety.

“It is im­por­tant that res­i­dents fully un­der­stand that while fa­cil­i­ties like the cy­clone shel­ter are an im­por­tant part of our strat­egy to keep vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple safe, for most peo­ple it should be con­sid­ered an op­tion of last re­sort.

“The pri­mary pur­pose of the shel­ter is for peo­ple who live in storm tide ar­eas, have dwellings built be­fore the strict cy­clone build­ing stan­dards, which came into ef­fect in 1982 and those peo­ple who do not have al­ter­nate shel­ter­ing ar­range­ments with friends and fam­ily.

“The ex­er­cise day will also fo­cus on what our com­mu­nity can do to get ready, from free first aid cour­ses to rais­ing aware­ness about stock­ing emer­gency kits and non-per­ish­able food sup­plies.”

If you want to par­tic­i­pate, come along to the new multi-level car park on Tues­day, Jan­uary 17.

Buses will be run­ning from the car park to the shel­ter be­tween 10am and 12pm with the Dis­as­ter Management Unit on hand to an­swer ques­tions.

PHOTO: CHRIS­TINE MCKEE

Yep­poon SES vol­un­teer Dean Gib­son at the cy­clone shel­ter at Yep­poon State High School.

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