Council plays a major role in managing the impacts that occur during a disaster. Council are the coordination centre for local emergency and support services, working together with different agencies to ensure information and works carried out link together and run efficiently.

Council is committed to ensuring our region is prepared for any disaster.  This is achieved through the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and by delivering the Local Disaster Management Plan.  Council, with the support of the LDMG, puts into place mitigation, preparation, response and recovery strategies and arrangements.

Local Disaster Management Group
The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) operates at a local level involving all major stakeholders and organisations such as Council, Emergency Management Queensland, Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.  The LDMG is responsible for the planning, organisation, coordination and implementation of all measures to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters within the Maranoa region.

Local Disaster Coordination Centre
The Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) is an interactive mutli-agency coordination centre used for complex emergency and disaster events.  The LDCC acts as a centre for acquiring and deploying support resources, managing information collection and dissemination, developing intelligence and strategic plans for the local capabilities and maintaining an overall record of the event.

Council also provides support to the community before, during and after disasters in the following ways:

BEFORE DURING AFTER
  • Community awareness and encouraging residents to be prepared
  •  Preparation/maintenance of Council resources and infrastructure
  • Liaison with Emergency Management Queensland to alert public of emergent/disaster event
  • Community media alerts 
  • Signposting, barricading and road maintenance
  • Provision of sand bags.
  • Provision of manpower and equipment as necessary
  • Restrict movement of unauthorised vehicles until arrival of police
  • Assistance by health staff with animal control
  • Set up and staffing of Local Disaster Coordination Centre
  • Protection, maintenance and restoration of water and sewerage services
  • Clearance of debris
  • Maintenance of drainage systems 
  • Preservation of public health and hygiene
  • Protection, restoration and maintenance of utility services