Don't be alarmed - it's just an exercise
  • Tuesday 14 October 2014
Council news

The Sunshine Coast community is advised not to be alarmed when the region’s disaster management response is tested tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 14), with the Council and Sunshine Coast emergency services joining a practice exercise.

Exercise Railbrake will be a realistic scenario, based on a serious and hazardous rail freight derailment in the Nambour CBD.

As part of the exercise, Sunshine Coast Council’s website and social media tools will be tested and may show fictitious road closures and other information in relation to the exercise.

All posts will include the prefix: Note: For Exercise Purposes Only.

The media may also hear fictitious posts on emergency services’ scanners which will be prefixed with “This is Exercise Railbrake”.

Exercise Railbrake will test the readiness of the Sunshine Coast Disaster Management Group (LDMG), police, fire, ambulance, SES and other services.

Sunshine Coast Mayor and LDMG Chair Mark Jamieson said the joint services emergency exercise was critical in the event such a catastrophe occurred to ensure disaster response and recovery capabilities and processes were well-managed. 

“The public should be assured that this is a highly unlikely event, but a core facet of effective emergency management is about being prepared for any manner of unforseen event,” Mayor Jamieson said.