Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell welcomes wardens to their radio training session.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell welcomes wardens to their radio training session. Contributed

Mock run on the Fraser Coast to prepare for cyclones

FRASER Coast residents can rest easy knowing the council and emergency crews are well prepared for a cyclone disaster should one occur on the Fraser Coast.

A local disaster management force met at Fraser Coast council chambers in Hervey Bay on Wednesday for a desktop emergency exercise which involved making preparations for a potential disaster in the area.

The meeting involved key agencies including the Queensland Police Service, the ambulance, Queensland Health, the Department of Transport and Main Roads as well as Emergency Management Queensland.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell, who chaired the event, said that the exercise was a chance for the local Disaster Management Group to come together with all the key agencies to prepare for a disaster.

"The scenario we ran as a desktop was known as 'Operation Hazy Exodus'," he said.

"It was a category three cyclone that was bearing down on the coast of Queensland, then took a sudden turn to the south then headed straight for the Fraser Coast.

"The exercise helps us to test our evacuation plans, to test our responses and above all it galvanises our relationships with key agencies, particularly the State Disaster Co-ordination Committee."

The meeting was the results of months of preparation. The fact that cyclone Ita roars off the coast of far north Queensland is just a coincidence.

"When you've got a cyclone like Tropical Cyclone Ita further north, we realise the effects can be very severe," Cr O'Connell said.

"Throughout Queensland at the moment we know we are in tropical cyclone season."



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