Community forum to address planning for natural disasters
In light of the recent natural disasters that have devastated Queensland, a community forum is being held to inform and educate Noosa residents about the disaster and emergency management planning that is already in place and how to best prepare the community.
Mr Tony Haslam of the Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association said that it is important that residents attend the forum to become better informed about and prepared for possible events such as storm surge, flooding, cyclone or tsunami.
"Noosa is not out of hot water and experts say that we can expect to receive two more months of extreme weather due to the La Nina weather pattern," said Mr Haslam.
"We can all think about how we as a community can work together and better plan for future unknowns."
The free forum will be held at Tewantin Noosa RSL on Wednesday, March 23rd 5:30-8:30pm and all residents are invited to participate, but places are limited so RSVP to reserve your place firstname.lastname@example.org or phone NICA 5449 9650.
A panel of guest speakers with a variety of expertise will discuss topics such as looming weather patterns, evacuation and protection of property and pets.
Dr Neil Tindale, senior lecture of Environmental Chemistry at the University of the Sunshine Coast will briefly explain the science behind the extreme weather events including earthquakes and tsumanis, including localised predictions, along with his own personal survival experiences.
Other speakers include Mr Alan Rogers, Local District Disaster Management Group Coordinator who will explain Council's role in Disaster management along with Sgt Steve McRight, who will discuss how an evacuation process would be managed.
Mr Stan Ryan of SES Noosa will explain procedures of when disaster strikes and preparation strategies that can increase safety and survival in emergency situations.
Hydrologist Geoffrey Newell will cover potential flood risks and local resident Lyn Bollen will demonstrate an emergency plan for individual families.
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