Local Disaster Management Group
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.