Deputy Mayor Julie Arthur with the new Fraser Coast Emergency Action Guide that will be distributed to homes across the coast in the next couple of weeks.
Deputy Mayor Julie Arthur with the new Fraser Coast Emergency Action Guide that will be distributed to homes across the coast in the next couple of weeks. KARLEILA THOMSEN

Maryborough has its danger zones

IN HER lifetime Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Julie Arthur has seen two cyclones batter the region and she has a message for southerners who may not have experienced a tropical storm – it's scary stuff.

While she said the last thing she wanted to do was prompt unnecessary panic, Ms Arthur said it was important for residents to understand what to do should history repeat itself.

She also explained that by the time cyclone and severe storm warnings flashed up on television screens and websites, it was often too late.

“That is not the time to be going out and getting torches for batteries and thinking about what to do,” Ms Arthur said.

“The preparation needs to happen now so there are plans in place in the event of an emergency.”

As storm season approaches the council will be delivering its new Emergency Action Guide to homes around the region.

The guide includes evacuation maps for Maryborough, Hervey Bay and surrounding towns.

It was put together with the help of emergency services including the police, ambulance, fire, SES and Ergon Energy and provides information on preparing for all kinds of natural disasters.

It also includes lists of the items everyone should keep in their home so there is no need for a last-minute dash to the shop.

Ms Arthur said she was in Maryborough when one cyclone hit and camping in a caravan on the Sunshine Coast when she saw another hit.

She said she hoped a serious one never hit again but if it did, she wanted residents living in red zones to understand their safety came before their home.

“Personal safety always comes first,” Ms Arthur said.

“If you can get away safely and quickly with your family and pets that's the most important thing.”

The council will host a series of free public seminars for residents wishing to gain a better understanding of the guide.

EMERGENCY SEMINARS – Where to go

HERVEY BAY: USQ Fraser Coast lecture theatre- Tuesday, November 23 10am-1pm and Thursday December 9 6.30pm to 9.30pm

TOOGOOM: Community Hall – Thursday November 18 6.30pm

RIVER HEADS: Community Hall - Thursday November 25 6.30pm

BURRUM HEADS: Community Hall - Friday November 26 2pm-4.30pm

HOWARD: Burrum District Community Centre – Tuesday December 7 6.30pm to 9pm

MARYBOROUGH: City Hall Reception Room – Thursday December 2 6.30pm to 9pm

BOONEROO: Community Hall – Tuesday November 23 6.30pm to 9pm



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