‘Disaster recovery’ tested in major exercise on the Gold Coast

THE Gold Coast’s ability to recover quickly after a disaster is being tested in a major exercise at Carrara.

The event, attended by emergency and community services representatives from right across the city, is designed to improve all facets of disaster recovery.

Mayor Tom Tate said the recovery phase had become a significant focus in recent years with events like ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie highlighting the need to mobilise quickly.


“Once the initial response is over and the sun comes out, in some cases our work is just beginning. This is the often unseen “long game” we play after every event,” Mayor Tate said.

“As an example, we still have an officer assisting some of our isolated communities to build resilience following Cyclone Debbie in March last year.

“This shows that the impacts are often felt for some time after the actual event.”

Mayor Tate said today’s event was in two parts: a forum in the morning for all agencies involved; and an afternoon exercise to test planning and logistics.

“We are always preparing for these events and you should, too. What would you do if your street was blocked for days after an event? Are you prepared?” he said.

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