DEDICATED: The Lockyer Valley Disaster Co-ordination Centre was in full swing last week for a training exercise.
DEDICATED: The Lockyer Valley Disaster Co-ordination Centre was in full swing last week for a training exercise. Amy Lyne

Lockyer Valley preparing for disaster

A LARGE-SCALE flood disaster in the Laidley Creek catchment was handled by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Disaster Management Group last week.

Although only a training exercise, it brought together representatives from Energex, Urban Utilities, SES, police and then groups from council, which are divided into operations, planning, logistics and public information.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council disaster management manager Dave Mazzaferri said the group had an annual training calendar, which included training exercises in floods as well as fire and even pandemic exercises.

"This is a full blown co-ordination exercise based on council staff and liaison officers that form part of the disaster management group," he said.

"We are testing the capability of information management, information flow and also a bit of forward planning and intelligence gathering."

While the disaster management team can help in times of disaster, Mr Mazzaferri said the public needed to be aware of what might occur and how quickly things could happen in the Lockyer Valley.

"They can take some of their own responsibility when it comes to being prepared, including an evacuation kit and emergency plans," Mr Mazzaferri said.

He said the disaster management group had been operating since December 2011 and it was a result of the aftermath of the 2011 floods and a recommendation of the flood inquiry.


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