WITH the cyclone season now officially under way, the Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to be prepared.
As a result, Council and the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) have released a new Emergency Action Guide which is available now to all Whitsunday residents on the Whitsunday Times website.
The information in the guide has been produced to provide education and public awareness for residents and visitors to the area in preparation for, response to and recovery from disaster events likely to affect our region.
One of the strong points which saved homes and lives during Cyclone Ului was the response from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group in conjunction with Council and emergency services.
Although these groups are there to assist us all, an important message to remember is that each individual is responsible for themselves and their family to ensure services can be called to real emergencies.
Mayor Mike Brunker said that the first step to being prepared for cyclones was to look no further than your own backyard.
“There are a number of steps people can take now to lessen potential debris in the region and you can find all this information in the new Emergency Action Guide,” he said.
“Residents seemed to be well prepared earlier in the year when Cyclone Ului passed through the region and I encourage everyone to do the same this season.
"I urge all residents to obtain and read a copy of the guide and adopt the measures for preparation and response.”
The new Emergency Action Guide can also be obtained by all Whitsunday residents and regional visitors at all Council customer service centres and libraries throughout the region and on Council's website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/Disasters/Cyclones.aspx.
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