IN LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS, ALWAYS CALL 000
Council is required under legislation to form a Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG).
The Banana Shire Local Disaster Management Group is a group comprising local and state agencies including emergency service organisations, that are responsible for the planning stages of disaster management, as well as making important decisions during a disaster event, to assist the community.
Functions of a Local Disaster Management Group are identified within the Disaster Management Act 2003 and include the requirement to develop effective Local Disaster Management Plans encompassing the four aspects of Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery.
Disaster management planning for Banana Shire Council is not solely the responsibility of Council, it is a joint responsibility held by all member agencies of the Banana Shire Local Disaster Management Group, and each member agency has a vital role to play in the provision of an appropriate operational response to any event impacting upon the community.
Whilst the Banana Shire Local Disaster Management Group and relevant emergency services will do all they can to assist the community in times of disaster, it should be remembered that individuals are ultimately responsible for their own safety — individuals need to be aware of the hazards that could affect their community and disaster management arrangements, which include the Local Disaster Management Plan, that are in place to deal with them.
During significant disaster and emergency events, and depending on circumstances, the Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) MAY be activated. Should this be the case, notification will be provided through the media and our Customer Service staff.
The LDCC can be contacted by phoning 4992 4027 or 4992 3511 (NOTE: these numbers will only be activated in the event of an emergency).
In life threatening situations, always call 000
Local Emergency Coordination Committees (LECC) have been established in the following locations within the Banana Shire;
- Theodore/Cracow; and
The purpose of the LECC's is to establish a core group of people within the local community who possess the local knowledge and expertise to assist the Local Disaster Management Group in coordinating disaster operations within the local area.
Some of the functions the LECC's perform include;
- To provide relevant local information to the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG)/Local Disaster Coordinator (LDC) to ensure that disaster management and disaster operations in the area are consistent with the State group's strategic policy framework for disaster management in the State;
- To help the LDMG prepare a local plan for the relevant areas;
- To prepare and advise the LDMG/LDC of the requirements for effective local disaster management and regularly review and assess the disaster management arrangements and procedures which are consistent with the Local Disaster Management Plan;
- To assist the LDMG in determining support services required to facilitate disaster management and disaster operations in the area;
- To assist in the dissemination of information from the LDMG to the community, regarding means of mitigating the adverse effects of an event and preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster;
- To provide reports and make recommendations to the LDMG/LDC about matters relating to disaster preparedness and operations;
- To identify local resources available for use by the LDMG/LDC for disaster operations in the area;
- To identify and review communications system in the area for use when a disaster happens;
- To ensure information about a disaster or major incident in the area is promptly given to the LDMG/LDC; and
- To perform functions as directed by the LDMG/LDC that is not mentioned in the points above
In most cases, the safest place for you and your family during a disaster is inside your home. As part of your preparations you should identify the strongest room in the house for protection during disaster events such as severe storms and cyclones.
Whilst the Banana Shire Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has identified a number of facilities throughout the region, which may be utilised as evacuation centres and/or shelters, facilities and services available may be limited and these locations should therefore be utilised for accommodation purposes only as a last resort.
The LDMG preferred options for persons requiring accommodation due to evacuation, are in priority order;
- A destination of the person's choosing away from the "at risk" area (i.e. relatives, friends, etc);
- An established accommodation venue away from the "at risk" area (i.e. motel, hotels, caravan park etc);
- A nominated and established evacuation centre; and
- A nominated shelter
An Evacuation Centre is a designated building specifically selected as a location not anticipated to be adversely affected by the hazard.
Establishment and management of evacuation centres is a responsibility of the Local Disaster Management Group, in conjunction with the District Disaster Management Group.
When an evacuation is ordered, because it is no longer safe to shelter in place and evacuees have no alternative means of accommodation away from the at risk area, residents should relocate to an evacuation centre that is open and staffed and as designated and advised by the Local Disaster Management Group.
The location and opening of an Evacuation Centre will be announced by the Local Disaster Management Group and conveyed within warnings and advice messages.
The following facilities have been nominated by the LDMG as potential evacuation centres:
Biloela Civic Centre;
Moura Kianga Hall; and
Place of Refuge (Shelter)
A place of refuge (also referred to as a Shelter) is usually a building, private or government owned that will provide a level of protection from the effects of the hazard.
The location and opening of a place of refuge will be announced by the Local Disaster Management Group and conveyed within warnings and advice messages.
The following facilities have been nominated by the LDMG as potential places of refuge (shelters):
- Banana Sutherland Hall;
- Baralaba Hall;
- Cracow Community Hall;
- Dululu Community Hall;
- Goovigen Hall;
- Jambin State School;
- Jambin Hall;
- Thangool Recreation Reserve;
- Theodore Aerodrome;
- Theodore RSL Hall; and
- Wowan Multi-Purpose Centre
Emergency Alert is the national telephone based emergency warning system that sends messages;
- via landlines based on the location of the handset
- via mobile phones based on an individual's billing address, and
- for Telstra mobile account holders based on the device's location
If you receive an Emergency Alert and want more information, follow the instructions in the message. You do not need to register for this service.
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) Flood Check maps are an interactive guide to flood lines, imagery and data and the extent of floodplains in Queensland.
This mapping interface shows flood-line overlays, historical and detailed data relating to Queensland Floods.
Sunwater have developed “fact sheets” in relation to Callide and Kroombit Dams including associated flood maps. These documents can be sourced from the Sunwater website via the following links:-
Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Take the time now to prepare an Emergency Plan. It is an important step to prepare for what can happen and to help you and your family stay safe. Advice on how to prepare an emergency plan is available via the preparedness fact sheets on this page or alternatively visit:
The Queensland Goverment 13 19 40 Traffic and Travel Information website exists to assist road users to make informed travel choices.
During disaster events, it is possible for communities to become isolated due to floods or road damage. During these times, normal supply routes may be unavailable to the residents of communities within Banana Shire.
In 2010, the State Government introduced a policy to resupply communities during times of isolation.
The aim of the State government resupply system is to ensure that communities can access essential supplies. This will mean that due to limited space, non-essential items may be unavailable during times of isolation.
- Banana Shire Emergency Action Guide
- 'Know the Drill' - Working Together to Reduce the Danger
- 'Be Warned, Be Wise' - Working Together to Reduce the Danger
- Pets and Natural Disasters
- Callide Valley Flood Review Update - September Newsletter
Contact SES on 132 500.
- Harden Up
- Get Ready Queensland
- Queensland Fire & Emergency Service
- Emergency Management Australia
- Emergency Volunteering
- Bushfire Preparedness
Banana Shire Disaster Management Information
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