Monday, April 22, 2024

Dashboard to help prepare for disaster

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has joined forces with 27 councils across the state in developing a new online disaster dashboard that will provide real-time information to help those living in Queanbeyan-Palerang be aware of, prepare for and respond to local emergencies.

Just 12 short months ago, communities in the east of Queanbeyan-Palerang, particularly surrounding Braidwood, Nerriga and Araluen, were facing catastrophic bushfire conditions.

“Localised emergency updates, preparedness advice and seasonal awareness of potential risks is more important than ever,” said QPRC Mayor Tim Overall.

“Our residents are acutely aware of the impact emergencies can have.”

The QPRC Disaster Dashboard is an online warehouse of real-time, local emergency information supported by Resilience NSW’s Regional Disaster Preparedness Program.

On the dashboard you’ll find:

  • real-time information related to live emergencies
  • information to help you prepare for an emergency
  • guidance on the assistance you can access to recover from a recent emergency

The Regional Disaster Preparedness Program, coordinated by Resilience NSW, works with local governments to build their knowledge of disaster risks and ability to respond in an emergency.

The local dashboards will deliver information specific to the disaster risks and mitigations of localities in each pilot program LGA and provide a broad and consistent view of data from across the 27 pilot councils in the Canberra, Hunter and Mid North Coast Joint Organisations.

Mayor Overall is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the early stages of summer as the start of a conversation about being aware of and prepared for seasonal hazards.

“Aussie summers are iconic. They can also be tragic,” said Mayor Overall.

“Emergency service organisations and volunteers do an incredible job keeping us safe, but they can only do so much. Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re at home, at work or away on holidays,” said the Mayor, echoing the words of Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons in promoting the ‘Get Ready for Summer’ awareness campaign.

Get Ready for Summer reminds us all of five simple steps:

  1. Know your risk – think about the area you’re in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
  2. Plan now for what you will do – sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
  3. Get your home ready – prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance coverage;
  4. Be aware – find out how to prepare, what to do if there is a disaster in your area and connect with NSW emergency services to stay informed; 
  5. Look out for each other – share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance. 

The QPRC Disaster Dashboard is located prominently at www.qprc.nsw.gov.au or by going direct to: https://queanbeyanpalerang.disasterdashboards.com/

‘Get Ready’ is a community preparedness program coordinated by Resilience NSW. More information is available at: https://resilience.nsw.gov.au/prepare.html

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