“PLAN for the worst but hope for the best” – THAT is the message from Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate as he urges residents to start preparing now for storm season.
Mayor Tate today announced regular exercises would be conducted across the Coast in the coming months as part of the city’s ongoing disaster preparedness training.
He said the city would be tested on its disaster preparedness in a “full-scale test” on September 13.
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“We plan for the worst but hope for the best. We need everyone to do that,” Cr Tate said.
“As an organisation, we are better prepared than ever to face what mother nature throws at us but we need every resident in the city thinking about their planning.
“It’s never too early to start preparations.”
The Mayor opened the doors to the City’s Local Disaster Management Group headquarters this week.
Capable of staffing around 70 personnel in a large emergency, it’s one of the most advanced disaster management centres in Australia and was used as an operations hub during the Commonwealth Games.
Mayor Tate said being able to use the city’s disaster management centre for planning and response during the Games was an “invaluable experience”.
“This gave us an opportunity to upgrade aspects of the centre and test processes and technology in a ‘live’ environment. It was an invaluable experience.”
For information on how to prepare your home, create an emergency plan and pack an emergency kit, pick up a copy of the Community Disaster Guide at libraries and customer service centres or visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready