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Mayor's Message - Council Connections 21 October 2017

Hinchinbrook Council

21st October 2017

Council urges the community to Be Ready!

The recent weather conditions are a timely reminder for our community to Be Ready. Being ready will make a world of difference for you and the people you care about during and after a disaster or emergency event.

To be ready you need to prepare your property and have your emergency kit ready. Emergency Kits need to include provisions for at least 7 days including food and bottled water, any medicines you may need, provisions for pets and animals, a fully charged mobile phone with a SIM card, first aid kit, cash as ATM’s and EFTPOS may not be available for a number of days, a radio, toilet paper and torches. You can download your emergency kit checklist from Councils website and build your kit so that you are prepared when the need arises.

Other resources available on Council’s website can be found on the Disaster and Information page which hosts information about local road conditions, cyclone shelter information, Local Area Warden information, cyclone and flood information, checklists and important contacts.

To assist with providing the community with information Council has developed a Disaster Dashboard, this dashboard will be available on Council’s home page during a weather event or can be found on the Disaster and Emergency Information page at all other times. The dashboard will provide you with information such as Road conditions from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Power Outages, BOM updates and important links and contacts. We urge you to become familiar with the Disaster Dashboard and the Disaster and Emergency Information page on Council’s website.

Take advantage of the Rural Clean Up and prepare your property now. Waste Collection Skips have been placed around the district, details can be found in the ad below.

During a disaster or emergency event residents are reminded to check on their neighbours, especially those who are elderly or may live alone.

There is a range of information and FREE resources available at Council’s main office in Lannercost Street, please drop in and find out more.

Remember it is each individual’s responsibility to be ready, NOW is the time to prepare.   

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