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Leaders ready when disaster strikes

Sunshine Coast’s Local Disaster Management Group recently met for the first time in 2024, with Mayor Rosanna Natoli and Deputy Mayor Maria Suarez taking on the roles of Chair and Deputy Chair.

Leaders ready when disaster strikes

Sunshine Coast’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) plays a fundamental role in the region’s preparation and the coordination of resources before, during and after natural and man-made disasters.

The LDMG recently met for the first time this year when Mayor Rosanna Natoli and Deputy Mayor Maria Suarez took on the respective roles of Sunshine Coast LDMG Chair and Deputy Chair.

In the event of an emergency, they lead the LDMG to coordinate disaster responses and work alongside first responders, most importantly the Queensland Police Service Emergency Management Services (QPS), Queensland Fire Services (QFS) and Council’s own operational teams.

Sunshine Coast Council’s first local disaster management group meeting for 2024.

Along with Council, QPS and QFS, attendees at the LDMG included representatives from Queensland Health, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, State Emergency Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Unitywater, Coast Guard, Queensland Department of Education, Australian Red Cross, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works.

Teamwork is key in a crisis

Council’s Disaster and Emergency operational team. From left: Group Executive Bill Haddrill, Mayor Rosanna Natoli, Deputy Mayor Maria Suarez, Group Executive Scott Taylor and LDMG Coordinator Jason Membrey.

Council prepares year-round for disaster and emergency events and from March to August, when these types of incidences are less likely to occur, the LDMG has an opportunity to plan for future events.

Council’s Disaster Management Coordinator Jason Membrey said Queensland experienced more natural disasters than any other state or territory in the country.

“Presenting at the Federal Flood Inquiry in May, alongside other Queensland Councils, it really hit home how well organised the first responders are here on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Membrey said.

“We had a few wild weather events last year – storms, flooding, bushfires and heatwaves – and in each situation, Council’s response was swift and effective.

“Our primary focus is to ensure the safety of our communities and Council’s Disaster Management team remains committed to delivering a coordinated, strong and resilient approach to disaster management and community support.”

Are you ready?

Being prepared for the next wild weather event is everyone’s responsibility. For disaster preparedness resources visit Get Ready Queensland getready.qld.gov.au.

For up-to-date information and links to key emergency services in one location, stay informed with Council’s Disaster Hub disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

This article Leaders ready when disaster strikes has been supplied from the OurSC website and has been published here with permission.