Get ready to ‘get ready’ for storm season

17 August 2018

Gold Coasters are being urged to start preparing early for the 2018-19 storm season with Mayor Tom Tate opening the doors to the City’s Local Disaster Management Group headquarters.

“It’s never too early to start preparations,’’ he said.

“We plan for the worst but hope for the best … we need everyone to do that.”

The City boasts one of the most advanced disaster management headquarters in Australia, capable of staffing around 70 personnel in a large emergency.

“As an organisation, we are better prepared than ever to face what mother nature throws at us but we need every resident in the city thinking about their planning,” said Mayor Tate.

“During the recent Games event, we used the centre as an operations hub for planning and response. This gave us an opportunity to upgrade aspects of the centre and test processes and technology in a ‘live’ environment. It was an invaluable experience.”

Mayor Tate said the city would conduct regular exercises in coming months as part of the ongoing disaster preparedness training.

For information on how to prepare your home, create an emergency plan and pack an emergency kit, pick up a copy of the Community Disaster Guide at libraries and customer service centres or visit



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