IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS FOR QUEENSLANDERS IMPACTED BY EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE DEBBIE
● The QLD Government has important information on the safety of cleaning up after storms and floods and can provide a lot of useful tips and tricks. To access this information head to https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/workplace-hazards/storms-and-floods ● Flooding following storms and flooding can have major impacts on the electricity network and your home. Be prepared with these helpful tips from Ergon
Energy - https://www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/home-safety/flood-safety ● Disaster affected people can contact the Community Recovery Hotline for information and support on 1800 173 349. ● The Insurance Council of Australia has declared a catastrophe for damage caused by TC Debbie. The Disaster Hotline (1800 734 621) can help policyholders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claims process. ● Rockhampton and Livingstone regions have been declared for 'Natural Disaster Assistance - Small Business'. Visit this link for more information and to find out if your small business is eligible.
● For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000). You can also download the SES
Assistance App by visiting www.ses.qld.gov.au
● The Queensland Police Service is constantly updating information on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/QueenslandPolice), Twitter (@QPSMedia)
account and myPoliceblogs (www.mypolice.qld.gov.au)
● Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is also regularly updating information on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/QldFireandRescueService/)
or Twitter (@QldFES)
● The Department of Transport and Main Roads has an extensive list of road closures at the QLDTraffic website at www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au – it includes an
interactive map, a list of road closures and live traffic cameras. You can also call 13 19 40.
● Please keep in mind the only way to stay safe is to stay out of floodwater. The best way to avoid floodwater is to make sure you are prepared. If it’s
flooded, forget it. For more information visit http://floodwatersafety.initiatives.qld.gov.au/
● If you are are concerned about friends and family in affected areas, the Red Cross has opened ‘Register Find Reunite’ to find and reunite family, friends
and loved ones during a disaster. Register or look for someone on the Red Cross Website at www.redcross.org.au
● To stay up-to-date visit Qld Alerts - www.qld.gov.au/alerts
● Listen to ABC Local Radio, the emergency broadcaster in Queensland.
● Take extreme care when handling damaged asbestos containing materials - as it could pose serious health risks. If you are concerned, or would like more
information, contact your local authority, 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or go to www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/
● For further information visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/cleaning-up
● Please remember, Emergency Departments are only for seriously injured or ill people who need immediate treatment and you should visit your local GP or
call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for any minor injuries.
● If you are in regional Queensland and your home or business becomes inundated with floodwater and the mains power is still connected, contact Ergon
Energy immediately on 13 22 96 to arrange disconnection. For more information go to www.ergon.com.au
● Queenslanders needing emergency housing assistance can call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
● People interested in volunteering and helping out, should register with Volunteering Queensland at www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au
● For animal emergencies contact RSPCA on 1300 264 625. For stranded livestock enquiries contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov/biosecurity
● Tradespeople interested in assisting with the recovery efforts can be included on QBCC Builder and Tradie Assistance Register. Go to www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/contractors/apply-licence/apply-builder-licence. Twenty one disaster areas have been added to the register.
LSC Disaster Management
Livingstone Shire Council is committed to ensuring our Shire is prepared for any disaster. This is achieved through the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and the development of the Local Disaster Management Plan (LDMP). The Council with the support of the LDMG puts into place mitigation, preparation, response and recovery strategies and arrangements within the capability of their resources and responsibility.
Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) operates at a local level involving all major stakeholders and organisations. The LDMG is responsible for the planning, organisation, coordination and implementation of all measures to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters within the Livingstone Shire.
Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) is an interactive mutli agency coordination centre used for complex emergency and disaster events. The LDCC acts as a centre for acquiring and deploying support resources, managing information collection and dissemination, developing intelligence and strategic plans for the local capabilities and maintain overall record of the event.
Local Disaster Management Plan (LDMP) is prepared in accordance with the requirement of the Disaster Management Act 2003 to ensure safety of the community and effective coordination of available resources during a disaster. Click to view the Livingstone Shire Council Disaster Management Plan.
Whilst the Livingstone Shire Council Local Disaster Management Group and relevant emergency services will do all they can to assist the community in times of disaster, it should be remembered that individuals are ultimately responsible for their own safety. Individuals need to be aware of the hazards that could affect their community and disaster management arrangement, which include the Local Disaster Management Plan, that are in place to deal with them.