Be tech savvy during storm season

THERE are many simple things you can do to prepare for the storm and cyclone season and being tech savvy is important. 

Social media such as Facebook have made it easy to stay connected with the Local Disaster Management Centre during a natural disaster and get the latest information.

As the region prepared for recent floods we were able to post regular updates on our Disaster Management Facebook page  outlining the latest information on road closures, power outages, evacuation centres and much more.

Social media, especially through mobile phones and tablets, allows residents to get information almost instantaneously; and stay in contact with friends and family when phone lines and electricity supply may be affected.

I encourage residents to use social media, however there are a few simple guidelines you should follow:

• Only source your information from official pages to ensure the information is correct, up to date and confirmed. These include Council, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Qld Police Service, Qld Ambulance and the SES.  
• Don't spread unconfirmed rumours - this can cause unnecessary panic among the community which doesn't help anyone.
• Be patient - it may seem tough during times of disaster but I can assure you the emergency services release any and all useful information through their official channels as soon as it is confirmed.

More information and helpful hints and tips on how to prepare for storm and cyclones are available on the following webpages: 

www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready, www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/ 

 www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/disaster-management.