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Ita - Emergency Evacuation Centres / Cooktown Evacuation Shelter - ACTIVATED
« Last post by monstermummy on April 10, 2014, 03:37:26 PM »
The Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group has just activated the Cooktown Cyclone Shelter. This means that the facility will be set up this afternoon and open to the public at 7.00am tomorrow morning (FRIDAY).

People are urged to make the decision NOW as to whether they will be making their way to the Cyclone Shelter in morning, get items packed and ready now and check on neighbours, friends and family members to ensure they are also informed and prepared.

REMEMBER: THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN THE EVENT OF A CYCLONE IS IN YOUR OWN HOME OR THE HOME OF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER

Members of the community are reminded that the Cyclone Shelter is only an option for:
 > Residents with absolutely no other “shelter in place” options
 > People evacuated from potential storm tide inundation areas, with no alternative safer accommodation and who are unable to leave the cyclone warning area
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Cyclone Ita / Ita - EMQ Updates
« Last post by admin on April 10, 2014, 03:55:13 AM »
QFES deployments to far north Queensland – Tropical Cyclone Ita

10/04/2014

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel from across the State will deploy to Cooktown and Cairns today, in preparation for Tropical Cyclone Ita.

A taskforce of 17 QFES personnel will leave Cairns for Cooktown at midday. This taskforce is made up of 10 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, including qualified flood boat operators and height safety trained personnel, four swift water rescue and Rapid Damage Assessment trained firefighters and three incident management specialists, from the Cairns area.

A further nine swift water rescue and Rapid Damage Assessment trained firefighters from Brisbane and the south east will deploy into far north Queensland from Brisbane this morning. Two Air Base Managers from the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) South Eastern and North Coast Regions will also deploy from Brisbane today, to assist with air operations.


Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.
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Current Emergencies / Cyclone Ita - BOM TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 9
« Last post by admin on April 10, 2014, 03:31:15 AM »
IDQ20023
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
warning.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 9
Issued at 4:54 pm EST on Thursday 10 April 2014

A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal areas from Lockhart River to Cairns,
and extending inland to areas including Kalinga, Laura, Palmerville and Mareeba.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from Cairns to Cardwell, and
extending inland to areas including Chillagoe.

The Cyclone WARNING from Cape Grenville to Lockhart River has been cancelled.

At 4:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was estimated to be
375 kilometres north northeast of Cooktown and
325 kilometres northeast of Cape Melville, and
moving west southwest at 18 kilometres per hour.

SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE ITA, CATEGORY 5, is expected to move in a general
southwest direction towards the far north Queensland coast tonight and into
Friday, while possibly intensifying further.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita poses a significant threat to communities along the
far north Queensland coast and at this stage it is expected to approach the
coast between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation and make landfall late on
Friday as a SEVERE CATEGORY 5 TROPICAL CYCLONE with VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS near
the core and GALES extending some distance from the landfall location.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS currently extend 80 kilometres out from the centre and may
develop between Cape Sidmouth and Cooktown from as early as Friday morning
before extending inland to Laura and further south to Cape Tribulation and
possibly Port Douglas later in the day.
GALES extend 190 kilometres out from the centre and may develop between
Lockhart RIver and Cape Tribulation from as early as late tonight before
extending further south to Innisfail and inland to Kalinga, Palmerville, Laura,
and Chillagoe later in the day as the system moves closer to the coast and over
land.

Coastal residents between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation are specifically
warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast late
Friday. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level which will be
significantly above the normal tide, with damaging waves, strong currents and
flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland. People living in areas
likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their
property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding
evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Very heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about
parts of the Peninsula and North Tropical Coast and Tablelands districts
tonight and persist into the weekend.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita at 4:00 pm EST:
.Centre located near...... 12.6 degrees South 147.0 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 15 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the west southwest at 18 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 285 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 5
.Central pressure......... 935 hectoPascals

The next advice will be issued by 8:00 pm EST Thursday 10 April.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212.  The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone
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Professional Development and Counseling / 24th Anniversary of Cowper bus crash
« Last post by admin on December 19, 2013, 10:05:18 PM »
SES workers are not trained like police or ambulance first attenders and usually do not have the knowledge or preparedness to be able to deal with the confronting effects of attending a serious crash such as that that occurred back in 1989 at Cowper.

This article speaks of how Brian Robins is fighting for those volunteers that attended that crash. http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/snub-once-again-we-count-on-ses-when-disaster-stri/2115287/

Our volunteer members need to be looked after and at minimum prepared and thanked for they are taking time away from their lives, family and often times protection their own property when it too is at risk and all this is not without personal risk.

Something that would take no more than a couple of hours to sort out seems like a no brainer to me. All their asking for is acknowledgment, a personalised certificate and a thankyou perhaps.

If you know of any programs that would help SES volunteers or similar front line people deal with the confronting effects of attending such a traumatic event the please fee free to post here.

A big thankyou to the members of the SES and all frontline volunteers that keep our communities and community.

Monster Mummy

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Queensland Floods / LGAC (Local Government Assoc of Queensland) Conference TODAY
« Last post by admin on July 30, 2012, 10:22:58 PM »
It's interesting to note that LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland) had their conference today in Ipswich and identified the likelyhood of a repeat of 2011 and that people in their catchments may potentially be asking the questions soon 'so what has been learn't from 2011 and what have we done to better prepare / react / protect'.

I've not heard of EMQ having any such frank questions being put forward or not that they've been reported in the media.

It is right that the councils should be discussing what their ratepayers are soon going to be asking them. 

So what has changed really. Our small community was largly affected and I'd hope that there has been policies put into place - not just discussed - and preparedness happening.  First day of August tomorrow.  By October 2010 we'd already received an unpreecedented amount of rain that lifted the water table and filled our dams after many years of drought.  This year - we've had no winter dry out so to speak - so the tables are up.  Could we be looking at problems by November!

Courier Mail article

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/local-government-association-of-queensland-disaster-management-conference-hears-hears-no-guarantee-disastrous-summer-of-2011-wont-have-sequel/story-e6freoof-1226439305869
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It's interesting to note that LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland) had their conference today in Ipswich and identified the likelyhood of a repeat of 2011 and that people in their catchments may potentially be asking the questions soon 'so what has been learn't from 2011 and what have we done to better prepare / react / protect'.

I've not heard of EMQ having any such frank questions being put forward or not that they've been reported in the media.

It is right that the councils should be discussing what their ratepayers are soon going to be asking them. 

So what has changed really. Our small community was largly affected and I'd hope that there has been policies put into place - not just discussed - and preparedness happening.  First day of August tomorrow.  By October 2010 we'd already received an unpreecedented amount of rain that lifted the water table and filled our dams after many years of drought.  This year - we've had no winter dry out so to speak - so the tables are up.  Could we be looking at problems by November!

Courier Mail article

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/local-government-association-of-queensland-disaster-management-conference-hears-hears-no-guarantee-disastrous-summer-of-2011-wont-have-sequel/story-e6freoof-1226439305869
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Newbies and Introductions / Hi from Sunny Brisbane
« Last post by admin on July 02, 2012, 06:32:31 PM »
Hi members and guests from Sunny Brisbane.  Hope to see you in the forums.
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Just when I was thinking that this winter was feeling quite wet it is confirmed. There have been other comments that it is looking being as wet as 1974 or 1893.  Discussion on the Weatherzone forums is trending towards the rest of the year being drier and more under the influence of El Nino conditions.

Time will tell though but seeing this many rain depressions forming up and off the Queensland coast so far this year and over winter certainly has this weather watcher scratching her head.  I mean we certainly see nice fronts coming through the bite and across our southern alps / Tassie and head over to New Zealand but these big rain events happening between Hervey Bay to upper NSW at this time of year is a bit perplexing.

Considering it took consistent tropical rains from October 2010 through to the events of January 2011 to fill reverse 6+ years of drought conditions filling sub-terranean resources as well as overland flows I wouldn't think it would take much of an 'event' to create quick overland flows again this summer.

The gardens are doing really well for what is normally dry winter's grass and hard cold ground with quite the reverse this winter.   
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General Discussion / Community Recovery Handbook
« Last post by admin on June 26, 2012, 10:37:22 PM »
Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon, has launched the revised Community Recovery Handbook at the Disaster Resilient Communities Conference. The Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to disaster recovery in Australia for use by community planners and those involved in working with communities to design and deliver recovery processes, services, programs and activities.

http://www.em.gov.au/Publications/Australianemergencymanualseries/AustralianemergencyhandbookCommunityrecovery/Pages/default.aspx
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