Community committees applauded by councillor
RESIDENTS have enthusiastically embraced the chance to form Community Co-ordination Committees to help each other out during natural disasters, community resilience portfolio councillor Rolf Light says.
"The 12 groups across the Fraser Coast bring the community together to prepare for an event; and during an event they feed information back to the Disaster Co-ordination Centre as well as help spread information from the co-ordination centre to the local community," he said.
"Local information is vital for the emergency services to formulate a response."
To improve communication, the council has supplied each group with radios and training.
"With help from the groups we've also put together the Community Co-ordination Committee Handbook," Cr Light said.
"The handbook is a training manual and also contains the forms and procedures such as operation logs and radio logs that they will need during an emergency."
The residents' groups do not replace the SES or other emergency services, he said.
"If people need help they should still contact the emergency services," Cr Light said.
"The groups are vital in raising awareness, preparing and collecting and distributing information.
"And after an event they help pull the community together to rebuild and help the emergency services restore order."
Tips on how to prepare for storms, cyclones and floods is available on the Emergency Management page on the council's website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/disaster-management or from the Get Ready Queensland page on the state government's Emergency Management website www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready
The pages also provide helpful hints on how to prepare for natural disasters and links to emergency services and the SES.
Residents can also follow emergency updates and information on the council's Facebook page www.facebook.com/FCRCdisaster.
"By becoming a follower on Facebook you will receive information and warnings in the lead-up and during an emergency," Cr Light said.