Tony Wedd from the Bureau of Meteorology speaks at the Disaster Management Seminar at the Civic Centre yesterday.
Tony Wedd from the Bureau of Meteorology speaks at the Disaster Management Seminar at the Civic Centre yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Rain predicted to continue

EMERGENCY Management Queensland’s (EMQ) Jenny Millers says to expect a wetter than usual wet season with higher chance of cyclones.

That was the message at a disaster planning workshop at the Gympie Civic Centre yesterday and she said people needed to be prepared.

Ms Millers said representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology told the 100-strong crowd that the present La Nina weather pattern meant we were in for a wild summer.

“It looks like we are in for above average rainfall and the possibility of increased cyclone activity this summer,” Ms Millers said.

She said the main concern for the Gympie region was the ability to evacuate coastal areas like Inskip Point and Teewah Beach in the event of a tropical cyclone or a major storm.

The disaster management group had set up a tool to help authorities evacuate large numbers of people from Inskip Point or Fraser Island.

EMQ North Coast Region regional director Peter Twomey said experts gave people involved in disaster management at a local level the opportunity to hear the latest information about preparing for natural disasters.

The Queensland Tropical Cyclone Co-ordination Committee (QTCCC) workshops are a joint initiative of the Department of Community Safety’s EMQ, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Environment and Resource Management and ABC Local Radio Queensland.

Mr Twomey said the workshop would encourage communities to take time before the traditional cyclone and storm season to prepare plans, focussing on when and how to evacuate.

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

“Strategies for evacuation and notification will be a high priority in these workshops as we continue to understand the impact preparedness has on outcomes.

“We can all take steps to help ourselves and we increasingly have greater access to information both in the community and on the internet which can assist us to develop plans.”

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