RECENTLY, Mackay Council hosted Cyclone Saturday to remind residents to be prepared.

The information event, held at Caneland Central, aimed to ensure families have all the knowledge to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster striking the region.

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No time to be complacent

Mayor Greg Williamson said after a tough year, now is not the time to be complacent.

“Natural disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere – so it’s crucial that we take the time to prepare our homes, properties and families.

“Disasters such as floods, fires and cyclones require different methods of action and preparedness.

“You need to have a number of survival plans in place to know what you are going to do in the event of a disaster striking,” Mayor Williamson said.

A diverse range of emergency experts and agencies were on hand to speak to people as well as hand out copies of Council’s free Emergency Action Guide and teach about Council’s online
Emergency Dashboard (disaster.mackay.qld.gov.au).

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Emergency Dashboard

Mayor Williamson said Council’s online dashboard is a fantastic tool that should be saved on everyone’s digital devices.

“It provides you with vital information, such as road conditions, power outages, weather warnings, river heights and a digital version of our Emergency Action Guide.”

Mackay Council’s online Emergency Dashboard contains all the information residents need in the event of an emergency including:

Emergency news
Road conditions
Power outages
Weather warnings
River heights
Rainfall
Active shelter and evacuation centres
Emergency action guide
Fire bans and restrictions
Weather radar (BoM)
Evacuation maps
School closures

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There is also the ability for households to complete their own evacuation plans and upload them to the portal.