Sunshine Coast residents escaped unharmed during the recent earthquake activity off the Queensland Coast, but it brought home the message to be prepared, according to Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group Coordinator Andrew Ryan.
Mr Ryan said the earthquake activity had caught the attention of the council, the Sunshine Coast community and the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG).
He said it was a timely reminder of mother nature’s fickleness and to have the survival basics for at least three days on hand.
“Earthquakes are extremely unpredictable naturally occurring events, and as we know, are capable of causing significant damage and disruption to normal life,” Mr Ryan said.
“The key message for our community when confronted by earthquakes and all natural disasters such as floods, severe storms and bushfires is simple – be as prepared beforehand as possible
“To help residents get prepared I encourage them to visit the “Being Prepared” section on council’s Disaster Hub (www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au ), a useful site for information on what to do before, during and after any type of disaster event.
“During any disaster event, earthquake or otherwise, we advise the community to tune into the media for warnings and alerts.
“It’s important to have a pre-prepared emergency plan in place for your home and family, and have an emergency kit ready which will provide the essentials and survival basics for up to three days if needed.”
Mr Ryan said the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group played an important role during any disaster event.
“The group includes members from all the key emergency response agencies, and activates when a significant emergency or disaster event occurs or is likely to occur. The group, along with council ensures a coordinated response effort in the protection of life, property and the environment,” he said.
“The earthquake events over the past three days have resulted in no significant damage or impacts on our day to day lives.
“Our highest hope for any disaster related event is always for a zero impact result on our community.
“And just as Council and our emergency services plan for natural disasters, we ask the community to also be prepared for natural disaster events and the way they may affect your safety and normal activity.
“If you believe your property may have been damaged by the recent earthquakes, the damage should be reported to your insurer or property owner for inspection.
“In the event of a life threatening emergency, always ring 000.”
FAST FACTS – HELPFUL LINKS
- The Disaster Hub provides a wealth of information and links to the latest breaking news, road closures and the location of evacuation centres if needed. www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
- Geoscience Australia provides the latest information on earthquake events and you can report earthquake activity and any earthquake impacts directly via their website http://www.ga.gov.au/earthquakes/
- In the unlikely event that a major disaster occurs, or is likely to occur, and where lives would be at risk, the LDMG will activate emergency communications and advice for affected parts of the community via the national “Emergency Alert” service. Details about the service are shown on the Emergency Alert website http://www.emergencyalert.gov.au/