Leaders Ready When Disaster Strikes

Sunshine Coast Council

Sunshine Coast’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) plays a fundamental role in the region’s preparation and the coordination of resources before, during and after natural and man-made disasters.

The LDMG recently met for the first time this year when Mayor Rosanna Natoli and Deputy Mayor Maria Suarez took on the respective roles of Sunshine Coast LDMG Chair and Deputy Chair.

In the event of an emergency, they lead the LDMG to coordinate disaster responses and work alongside first responders, most importantly the Queensland Police Service Emergency Management Services (QPS), Queensland Fire Services (QFS) and Council’s own operational teams.

Along with Council, QPS and QFS, attendees at the LDMG included representatives from Queensland Health, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, State Emergency Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Unitywater, Coast Guard, Queensland Department of Education, Australian Red Cross, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works.

Teamwork is key in a crisis

Sunshine Coast Council's Disaster and Emergency leaders.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Disaster and Emergency leaders.

Mayor Natoli said the meeting was an invaluable opportunity to meet with the local disaster and emergency leaders to gain an insight into all operations.

“It is important that everyone understands their role and works together, so when there is a major weather event or an emergency, the team works with optimal efficiency to support our community,” Mayor Natoli said.

“Having listened to the emergency group presentations and seeing firsthand the dedication and professionalism of the local disaster and emergency teams at the LDMG, I’m heartened and confident that our community continues to be in safe hands.

Planning and preparing for events

Sunshine Coast Council Disaster and Emergency leaders in Council's large meeting room, sit around a large desk and present reports from their emergency organisations.

Sunshine Coast Council Disaster and Emergency leaders in Council’s large meeting room, sit around a large desk and present reports from their emergency organisations.

Council prepares year-round for disaster and emergency events and from March to August, when these types of incidences are less likely to occur, the LDMG has an opportunity to plan for future events.

Council’s Disaster Management Coordinator Jason Membrey said Queensland experienced more natural disasters than any other state or territory in the country.

“Presenting at the Federal Flood Inquiry in May, alongside other Queensland Councils, it really hit home how well organised the first responders are here on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Membrey said.

“We had a few wild weather events last year – storms, flooding, bushfires and heatwaves – and in each situation, Council’s response was swift and effective.

“Our primary focus is to ensure the safety of our communities and Council’s Disaster Management team remains committed to delivering a coordinated, strong and resilient approach to disaster management and community support.”

Are you ready?

Being prepared for the next wild weather event is everyone’s responsibility. For disaster preparedness resources visit Get Ready Queensland getready.qld.gov.au.

For up-to-date information and links to key emergency services in one location, stay informed with Council’s Disaster Hub disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

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