Our disaster plan is a beauty

ROUGH LANDING: Cleveland Point – and a few sightseers’ cars – being hammered by a storm last summer.REDLANDCity Council’s disaster plan is such a beauty it is being used by universities across the country as ameasure of best practice in planning.
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Mayor Karen Williams said the plan was aboutensuring thecommunity wasas safe as it could be from disasters.

The plan directs how councilresponds to a disaster, communicates, recovers, reduces risks, identifieshazardsand prepares for events.

“The important thing about our disaster plan is that it is not only the finished product that isimportant, it is collaboration, consultation and community involvement that makes it one ofAustralia’s best planning processes,’’ Cr Williams said.

It comes as the Weather Bureau warns residents topreparefor more cyclones this season than last.

Climate prediction services manager Andrew Watkins said Australians should expect an average to above-average cyclone season, due to neutral to weak La Nina conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

“This year we’re experiencing warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures around northern Australia, and this will help to fuel the tropical cyclone season ahead,’’ Dr Watkins said.

“History shows that in an average season, about 11cyclones form in the Australian region between November and April. On average, four of these will make landfall.”

Last year had the lowest number ofcyclones on record with just three having formed during the season. Only one made landfall.

“It is highly unlikely Australia will see a cyclone season as quiet,” Dr Watkins said.

The RACQ’s Paul Turner said people needed to be safety conscious withtheir homes andbehaviour as the storm season began.

“Summer storms generally come and go quicklybut their affects can last foryears so people need to be across safety advice and take it seriously,” Mr Turner said.

“There are some simple steps which will help safeguard lives and property.

“At home, make sure you’ve cleared the yard of debris, packed an emergency kit, have anevacuation plan and ensure your insurance is up-to-date and covers what you need most.

“If you’re caught out on the road in a storm, always remember if it’s flooded, forget it. Obeyall signs and directions from emergency servicesand don’t ever gamble on yours, or yourrescuers’ lives by ignoring warnings.”

Cr Williams said council would work with the community toensure preparation wasas strong as possible.

“You owe it to yourselves and your family totake some time in making sure you have a plan in the event of severe storm, bush fire,flooding or heat wave,’’ she said.

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