The Douglas Cyclone Shelter Management Team held a practice evacuation activity at the Port Douglas State School last week.

Under the requirements of the Disaster Management Act 2003, the Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) must establish and maintain a Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) to coordinate the overall response to a disaster event occurring in the relevant local government area.

The Douglas LDMG would like to take this opportunity to thank all the agencies for bringing their expertise and experience  throughout the two days.

Queensland Fire & Emergency Services co-ordinated training and a famil of the Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter.

Numerous classrooms were evacuated to the shelter and students acted as “evacuees”. The aim was to test communications between the LDCC and the shelter; practice the relevant plans and procedures; practice the Lock Down process; and to practice the multi-agency roles and capabilities in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Douglas residents and visitors are urged to consider their level of risk regarding cyclones and their associated hazards and take precautionary measures to prepare themselves for sheltering and/or evacuating from their homes if necessary.