Red Cross team leader district co-ordinator Gary McKiernan, Kay Freeman of the Aldershot Community Association, disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill, John Freeman and councillor Rolf Light at the handover of evacuation kits to community groups.
Red Cross team leader district co-ordinator Gary McKiernan, Kay Freeman of the Aldershot Community Association, disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill, John Freeman and councillor Rolf Light at the handover of evacuation kits to community groups. Alistair Brightman

Kits have the write stuff for co-ordination centres

THE Fraser Coast will be better prepared for any potential natural disasters after 12 evacuation centre kits were handed out to Community Co-ordination Centre Committees across the region.

The Rotary Clubs of Hervey Bay, Hervey Bay City and Maryborough City bought three Red Cross Evacuation Centre Kits and the council provided funds from the Disaster Levy to purchase the other kits.

The kits, which cost $2090, contain all of the paperwork, signs, forms and stationery that disaster management co-ordinators would need if they had to open up an evacuation centre.

Community resilience portfolio councillor Rolf Light said the kits would be invaluable during a disaster when information was needed at short notice.

"The committees would need the information and paperwork immediately but may not have electricity or access to computers or telephones," he said.

"The Red Cross have brought the information together and provide it in a form that is easy to access during an emergency."

The presentation of the kits was a great example of local service clubs helping to build community resilience, as was the development of the Community Co-ordination Committees, Cr Light said.

"By building community resilience we improve the community's ability to bounce back after a natural disaster," he said.