LDMG updates disaster plans

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Critical plans for guiding our region’s response during a natural disaster have recently been updated to ensure they’re as effective as possible for our community.

The updated Local Disaster Management Plan (LDMP) and eleven sub plans – which guide the local interagency response during a disaster – have all recently been endorsed by the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Council.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Tony Williams said the LDMP and sub plans have undergone an extensive review.

“When we talk about household disaster planning we know that it’s not enough to make a plan once,” Mayor Williams said.

“Our lives change – we move, people join or leave the household, we get new pets and change insurance and so on – and our disaster plans need to be updated regularly to ensure they’re as useful as possible.

“The same is true at a community level. The LDMP and sub plans help to guide a coordinated and consistent approach when multiple emergency agencies are activated during a disaster, such as a flood or bushfire. It’s something that we’re always reviewing, testing and updating as needed.

“These documents outline the roles of each agency, communication within the group as well as between the group and the community, and logistics for things like establishing an evacuation centre. They’re critical during an emergency.

“Over the last couple of years Council officers and the members of the LDMG have really been going through these documents with a fine tooth comb to ensure that we have the best possible plans for our community.

“The updated plans align with best practice at a state and federal level, incorporate the newest studies and modelling about our local risks, and are designed to be easily and quickly consulted by all members of the LDMG when they’re needed.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this process. We know that planning is key in disaster management and these will be critical for our community during an event.

“These plans are publically available, so if you’re interested please head over to Council’s website to take a look. On the website you’ll also find some fantastic resources for creating or updating your own household plans.”

The Local Disaster Management Plan and Sub Plans are publicly available on Council’s website at: https://www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/CouncilServices/Disaster-Management/Local-Disaster-Management-Strategies

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