Disaster experts say preparation is vital
Disaster experts say preparation is vital

Disaster season warnings

“BE prepared” is the message disaster management experts will bring to Gympie Civic Centre on Monday, to help us cope with a predicted wet and wild upcoming storm and cyclone season.

Emergency Management Queensland’s North Coast Regional Director Peter Twomey said experts would give local disaster management people the chance to hear the latest information about preparing for natural disasters.

The workshop is a joint venture between the Queensland Tropical Cyclone Co-ordination Committee and EMQ, with the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Environment and Resource Management and ABC local radio.

Mr Twomey said the workshop would encourage communities to prepare plans, especially focussing on when and how to evacuate if necessary.

“Planning for emergencies can help you prepare for, survive and minimise the impact and affect of natural disasters,” Mr Twomey said.

He said panel discussions would outline the emergency methods used to warn the community about severe weather and other emergencies that require preparation and action at a household level.

“Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss with a panel of experts, from both local and state agencies, issues of concern, the 2010-2011 outlook and the potential impacts on their community,” Mr Twomey said.

“Experts in disaster management can establish strategies to mitigate severe weather events but residents should also be prepared to do what they can to protect their family and property,” he said.

Gympie Times


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