Disaster Management

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The 2013-2014 Local Recovery Coordinator's Final Report can be found here»


You can learn all about the Department of Emergency Services, read their publications and view the latest news and much more by visiting their website.

Tsunami Sub Plan

Refer to the attached documents below for Bundaberg Regional Council's Tsunami Sub Plan

Bundaberg Tsunami Response Plan Tsunami inundation map – 6m and 10m

For tsunami mapping of events less than 6m, please see the storm surge evacuation maps, above

NOTE: The likelihood of a tsunami impacting upon our coastline is exceptionally remote, however, residents should be aware that if there is a tsunami alert you should move inland or to higher ground. A tsunami alert that requires evacuation can only be issued by the Officer in Charge of the Bundaberg Police District.

Disaster Resources

Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Plan 2013-14 Local Recovery Coordinators Final Report

DIY Disaster Plan for Community Organisations Public Health Factsheets
Get Ready Bundaberg Region

The Bundaberg Region is a wonderful place to live and visit... but occassionally we will experience bad weather.

There are things YOU can do to make sure you are prepared no matter where you are or how bad the weather. Take some time now to Get Ready!

To Get Ready for disasters, follow these steps:

1. Prepare an Emergency Plan for your household: know what hazards could effect you, such as flood, cyclone or bushfire and what actions you will take to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones and cherished possessions.

2. Prepare your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit: make sure you include the items you'll need to stay safe and comfortable, including medicines, toiletries, baby food and cash.

3. Prepare your home: make sure you secure loose items in your yard, trim trees and keep your home well maintained.

4. Tune into warnings: listen to the radio, logon to trusted websites and watch TV. Act quikly on the advice provided. If you need to evacuate then do so early to friends or family in safer places.

Using sandbags to protect your home and business

Sandbags placed in appropriate locations around your home or business can reduce the impact of flooding. Sandbags will not stop the water completely, but can reduce the amount of water entering. Click HERE to view a Youtube video about how to sandbag your home or business.

And make sure you've got a plan for your pets - you might need to think about evacuating early.

For your convenience, Council and EMQ have created a booklet to help you be prepared. You can view the booket by selecting the image to the right.

Emotional Preparedness and Disasters

Many people have started asking "What can I do to handle the emotional stress and worry that I or people around me might feel either in the lead up or in the days, weeks and months that follow a cyclone or natural disaster?"

The State Government has produced an informative emotional preparedness factsheet to help deal with stress and worry which is available here.



Latest news

An important message from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS): If you wish to report a bushfire or have any concerns about an existing bushfire, please call Triple Zero (000) not your local Rural Fire Brigade Controller or Warden.
Harden Up - Prepare yourself for severe weather
Visit Harden Up Queensland

2011 was a tough year for Queenslanders. We endured some severe storms, floods and cyclones. Our weather can be extreme and we need to stay strong. On the Harden Up website you can see 150 years of local severe weather history in your area.

After understanding the weather patterns in your area, you can use our planning tool to prepare your home, pets, family and community for major weather events that lie ahead. Together we can protect Queensland.

Select the image at the left to navigate to the Harden Up website - A Green Cross Australia Project.

Be Prepared this Bushfire Season!

The 2013 bushfire season started this month (August 2013). If you live in an area that may be impacted by bushfire, there are important preparations you need to make. These include preparing your property, preparing to leave and preparing yourself. Queensland’s Rural Fire Service recommends people living in bushfire zones prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan. To prepare your Bushfire Survival Plan visit the Rural Fire Queensland website - http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au

In order to keep you and your loved ones safe, you should consider:

Does everyone in your family understand the dangers of bushfire and how your plan will be put into action?
Have you arranged appropriate car and household insurance?
Do you know what you will take with you if you need to leave early?
Have you considered how to deal with pets and livestock?

Remember: in an Emergency, dial 000. Some other important things to consider this bushfire season:

Ensure campfires are sited safety and are extinguished when finished with.
Don't throw cigarette butts out the car window.
Get a permit to light a fire if it is needed (permits are required for any fire in excess of 2 metres in any direction) and comply with the permit’s conditions.
Slow down and take care if smoke on roadways.

For more information visit: Queensland Fire and Rescue Service: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/ Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is the primary provider of fire and rescue services throughout Queensland. Rural Fire Service: http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/index.asp The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is the volunteer arm of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS).

Emergency Kit & Evacuation Kit

Emergency Supplies
  • Torches and spare batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Masking tape
  • Candles
  • Cooking materials (non reliant on electricity)
  • Spare can opener
  • Tin foods and powdered milk
  • Pet food
  • First aid kit
  • medicines, prescribed medicines and prescriptions
Communications:
  • Portable radio
  • Mobile Phone (if it works)
Clothing/Bedding:
  • Spare clothes
  • Basic bedding (blanket and pillow)

Emergency Kit checklist is available here

Evacuation Kit checklist is available here

Please visit the Get Ready Queensland website for safety tips and further information about preparing your emergency kit, emergency plan and tuning into warnings.

Local Disaster Management Plan

Bundaberg Regional Council's current Local Disaster Management Plan is available here».

Warnings

For the most up to date Weather Warnings please visit the Bureau of Meteorology Website.

Emergency Warning Signals:

The emergency warning signal is an audible signal that is broadcast on either television or radio. This signal would usually occur if the cyclone is a category 2 or stronger or if it is expected to hit a community within a 12 hour time frame.

Cyclone Warnings:

A cyclone warning is issued when strong or gale force winds become present and are likely to affect communities within 24 hours. A warning will details where the cyclone is located, what the wind strengths are like and rainfall. A cyclone warning is renewed every three hours with hourly warnings if the cyclone becomes a threat.

Cyclone Watch:

A cyclone watch is a notice that is given every 6 hours when there are indicators of strong or gale force winds that are expected to hit a community within 48 hours. A cyclone watch gives a brief description of the cyclone.

Things to Remember

On Hearing a Cyclone Advice, Think About:

  • House and surroundings - Secure all loose items and any outdoor furniture.
  • Windows and doors - Board of tape windows and secure all doors.
  • Cars/Motorbikes/Caravans - Make sure you vehicle is full of fuel an is secured undercover.
  • Evacuation Transport - If you do not own a vehicle make arrangements for transport in case of evacuation.
  • Animals - Secure pets safely undercover.
  • Water and Supplies - Fill water bottle with water and stock up on food supplies.
  • Refrigeration - In case of no power arrange alternative refrigeration.
  • Valuable Items - Place all valuable is bags or containers (waterproof) and store them somewhere secure.
  • Listen to radio - Stay updated with weather warnings.
Cyclone Categories:
Category Wind Strength Effects/Damage
1
(Tropical Cyclone)
Less than 125km/hr Negligible house damage. Damage to trees, caravans and crops may occur.
2
(Tropical Cyclone)
125-169 km/hr Minor house damage. Noticeable damage to street signs, trees and caravans. Heavy damage to crops. May have power failure.
3
(Severe Tropical Cyclone eg. Roma)
170-224 km/hr Roof and structural damage to houses may be relevant. Power failure likely.
4
(Severe Tropical Cyclone eg. Tracy)
225-279 km/hr Significant structural and roofing damage. Caravans destroyed and blown away. Power failure.
5
(Severe Tropical Cyclone eg. Vance)
More than 280 km/hr Widespread destruction. Extremely dangerous winds. Power failure

Fallen Power Lines
Stay clear of fallen power lines and try to warn other people of the danger. Call Ergon Energy immediately on 131 670 or 000 in life threatening situation.

Electricity
Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment including televisions, faxes, computers. A power surge can cause damage to an item even if turned off, so always unplug.

Flood Fact Sheets
Burnett River Flood Gauge Mapping System

Residents across the Bundaberg Region, and especially those in floodplain locations, are now able to access flood mapping relating to their individual properties based on upstream flood gauge levels.

2 % AEP Flood Map.pdf (3.6mb)

Storm Surge

A storm surge is a raised dome of sea water typically 60km to 80km across and 2 metres to 5 metres above the normal sea level.

As a cyclone reaches the coast the huge winds whip up the sea and push the dome of water over low-lying coastal areas.

The waves and sea water can move inland quite quickly, damaging buildings and cutting off escape routes. There is a high risk of drowning.

A storm surge is not the same as a tidal wave (which is a towering wall of sea water which comes crashing into shore). A storm surge comes in like a rapidly rising tide but it can be extremely dangerous and destructive.

The height of the storm surge will depend on the following:

  • The intensity of the cyclone - the stronger the winds the higher the surge
  • The speed of the cyclone - the faster the cyclone crosses the coast the higher the surge
  • The angle at which the cyclone crosses the coast - a right angle crossing will increase the surge
  • The shape of the sea floor - the more gentle the slope the greater the surge
  • Local features such as bays, head lands or islands can funnel the surge and amplify its height

If the cyclone crosses the coast at high tide, the flooding will be at its worst.

For further information on storm surges please visit the State Disaster Management website

Stormsurge Evacuation Maps

Stormsurge Evacuation Map Index

Residents are advised to check the Stormsurge Evacuation Map Index before referencing the Stormsurge Maps
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 1 - Winfield Stormsurge Evacuation Map 13 - Rubyanna
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 2 - Mullet Creek North Stormsurge Evacuation Map 14 - Bargara
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 3 - Mullet Creek South Stormsurge Evacuation Map 15 - Elliott Heads
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 4 - Yandaran Stormsurge Evacuation Map 16 - Coonarr
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 5 - Miara North Stormsurge Evacuation Map 17 - Kinkuna
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 6 - Miara South Stormsurge Evacuation Map 18 - Woodgate West
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 7 -Moore Park West
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 19 - Woodgate East
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 8 - Moore Park East
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 20 - Buxton North
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 9 - Welcome Creek Stormsurge Evacuation Map 21 - Woodgate South
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 10 - Fairymead
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 22 - Woodgate South East
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 11 - Burnett Heads
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 23 - Buxton South
Stormsurge Evacuation Map 12 - Gooburrum

Evacuation Procedures

Evacuations will be broadcast on television and local radio stations. For information on evacuation procedures and plans please contact Bundaberg Regional Council, Police or the State Emergency Service.

Triple Zero (000)

After becoming aware of a number of messages circulating throughout the Community regarding how to access emergency services within Australia, the National Triple Zero Awareness Work Group would like to clarify a the situation.

The primary number to call for emergency assistance from any phone in Australia is Triple Zero (000) - unless you are hearing or speech impaired, in which case the number is 106.

What are the other numbers people are talking about?
112
This number will only work from certain mobile phones and is not available from fixed lines or payphones. Regardless, the number is routed through to the Triple Zero (000) Call Centre. There is no advantage to dialling 112 over Triple Zero (000), and publicising this number only serves to confuse the Triple Zero (000) message. Rumours that 112 'goes to the head of the queue", "is the only number that will work on a mobile phone" and "works even when there is no mobile phone coverage because it uses satellite" are completely untrue.
106
This number connects to the text based relay service for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. It will not work on fixed line phones.
911

The number is often heard on television, as many American shows are broadcast in Australia. People often believe 911 is the right number to call in order to access emergency services. It is extremely important they realise this number does not re-route emergency calls to Triple Zero (000).

Why do we call it Triple Zero now, rather than Triple Oh?

Put simply 'oh' is a letter and zero is a number. In today's SMS savvy world, you will note the letter 'O' sites on the 6 key on most alpha-numeric keypads. For our younger generation, dialling Triple 'Oh' will result in them actually dialling 666, and they will not access emergency services through that number. 666 does not re-route to Triple Zero and there are no plans for it to do so in the future.

For further information on how you can help spread this very important message please visit the Triple Zero website.

Rebuilding a stronger, more resilient Queensland

As the next disaster season approaches it is vital we raise awareness of the steps Queenslanders can take to prepare for, withstand, respond to and recover from disaster events. The Queensland Government has recently released the report 'Rebuilding a stronger, more resilient Queensland' to continue to promote the resilience message.

A copy of the report can be obtained here on the Queensland Reconstruction website».

Child-friendly Disaster Preparation

LGAQ offer some information specifically aimed at children to assist them through what may well be a traumatic event for them. Please visit the LGAQ website for further information.

Childrens Book - What Happened to MY World?

Jim Greenman, Senior Vice President of Bright Horizons Family Solutions in the US has written a helpful book on helping children cope with natural disaster and catostrophe, called What Happened to MY World?

Jim says together we have an obligation to raise and educate a generation of healthy, vibrant children who live in the world with confidence and wisdom, understand the natural world, and are committed to making the world a better place.

Please download and print What Happened to MY World (double sided) as you may find it helpful for a member of your family or community.

Is your smoke alarm photoelectric?

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has identified that photoelectric smoke alarms are the preferred technology and have created an information fact sheet to assist with this message.

Photoelectric smoke alarms give earlier warning of more types of fires, especially slow burning and smouldering fires, and are just as effective in detecting fires that are quick to develop flames and heavy smoke.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms and is requesting local governments help spread the word to their community members. An information fact sheet can be downloaded from the QFES website.

Flood Video from WIN Television

WIN TV have put together this video as a lasting reminder of the floods that hit our region in December 2010 and January 2011.

Courage of our Communities Video

Former LGAQ President Cr Paul Bell speaks to football legend and Channel 7 personality Shane Webcke about the dedication and commitment of councils and council staff to their communities during the 2010-2011 natural disasters.

Cr Bell discusses the painstaking personal and professional decisions leaders must make to salvage their communities.

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