Douglas Disaster Management Group well prepared for Cyclone Ita

The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group met this morning and is well
prepared for Tropical Cyclone Ita.
The DLDMG – made up of representatives from Douglas Shire Council,
Queensland Police, the State Emergency Service, Queensland Fire and
Rescue Service, the Queensland Ambulance Service, Emergency
Management Queensland and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree – has activated
preparations for the expected widespread heavy rainfall and possible
destructive winds in the Douglas Shire as a result of Cyclone Ita.
Cyclone Ita is presently located in the Coral Sea and tracking west towards
Cape Melville. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts Cyclone Ita will cross
landfall as a Category 4 system just south of Cape Melville late on Friday
evening.
The Douglas Local Government Area is the most southerly point of the current
Cyclone Watch and residents and visitors in the Douglas Shire should start
preparing for a cyclone event.
Chairperson of the DLDMG, Mayor Julia Leu, said preparations are in place to
respond as soon as possible to any incidents caused by the cyclone.
“A Disaster Coordination Centre will be established at Council’s Mossman
Administration Building if required so all the agencies will be able to
coordinate a response to the clean-up operation,” Mayor Leu said.
“Our community is very resilient when it comes to major weather events and
we will be offering all the support possible.
“North of the Daintree River we have Council staff and contractors on standby
with chainsaws and access to a backhoe to assist clearing the road if required
as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Our Mossman and Port Douglas crews are also ready to go with vegetation
road clearing activities if required.
“From 9am tomorrow morning the SES will be providing sandbags and a
supply of sand will be available at Council’s Mossman Administration Centre
and the Port Douglas Community Centre for anyone who wants to bring a
shovel.
“The SES has more than 300 tarps and plenty of rope for residents and
businesses in the event of any damage caused by the cyclone and anyone
who requires assistance from the SES can call 132 500.
“The SES also has two floadboats ready to go in the case of an emergency.”
The Port Douglas Storm Tide Shelter located at the Port Douglas State
School will only be activated when there is an imminent threat of storm tide
inundation as a result of a cyclone.
The Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter is only for people who are at immediate risk
of storm tide inundation and have been evacuated from their location by
police.
Residents and visitors are urged to check the Bureau of Meteorology website
www.bom.gov.au for regular updates of the anticipated cyclone path.
The Douglas Shire is expected to experience widespread significant rainfall
from Friday as a result of Cyclone Ita.
Council’s website www.douglas.qld.gov.au has a range of information to help
prepare for a cyclone as well as storm tide surge maps and Council’s
Facebook site will have regular updates.
Residents can contact Council anytime on 4099 9444 to report cyclone
damage or call the SES on 132 500 to request assistance for damaged
property.
The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group will meet again at 2pm
tomorrow and further updates will follow.
Greg McLean Communications and Events Officer
greg.mclean@douglas.qld.gov.au
4099 9443

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