Disaster Management
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Disaster Management

The size and the remoteness of Cook Shire and its exposure to potentially serious weather events ensures that Council understands its need to be diligent, vigilant and well prepared for a wide range of disaster events. A Local Disaster Management Group meets regularly to develop effective disaster management planning and capacity. 

For up to date information in the case of an emergency event please click on the image below to visit Cook Shire Council's Emergency Management Dashboard

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BE PREPARED

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  1. Prepare your Household Emergency Plan
  2. Prepare your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit
  3. Prepare your home and/or business
  4. Tune into warnings

STAY INFORMED

In the event of a cyclone or other severe weather or disaster event, the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will commence it's public notification processes to inform the community of what to expect and how best to prepare properties and family members for any situation.

In the event of a disaster, the quickest and most up-to-date sources of local disaster preparedness and weather information are and will be available from:

Other methods of communication may include:

  • Flyers and posters on public notice boards
  • Council's e-newsletter - 
  • Public meetings
  • Cook Shire website
  • Advertising or articles in local publications
  • Letter box drops

STAY SAFE

The best place to be during a disaster is in your own home or the home of a friend or family member.

If you feel unsafe in your home and you have nobody else to shelter with before a cyclone or other disaster event, make sure you are aware of where your nearest place of refuge is located.

place of refuge is a building within the community which is not Cyclone Shelter rated but will offer a degree of protection. There is no guarantee that these buildings will survive a direct impact from a severe cyclone but people may choose this as a better option than remaining in their own home. Choosing to shelter in a designated place of refuge should be an option of last resort.

PLACES OF REFUGE IN COOK SHIRE:

TownshipBuilding and address
Cooktown PCYC Cooktown Events Centre, 3 May Street
Coen Wunthulpu Cultural Centre, Peninsula Development Road
Laura Laura Community Hall
Lakeland Lakeland Community Hall
Rossville Rossville State School
Bloomfield Bloomfield Library, Third Street
Portland Roads   Portland Roads Community Hall

Evacuation Centres are open after a disaster or severe weather event to provide food, clothing and somewhere to stay in the immediate and short term future for those who require this assistance.

Locations of evacuation centres may vary in each local community depending on the structural and resource capabilities available at that time.

Recovery Centres provide longer term assistance after a disaster including financial (Centrelink), counselling and housing support.

What's the difference between a cyclone shelter and evacuation centre? 

Put simply, Cyclone Shelters and Places of Refuge offer a safe place during a cyclone. Evacuation/Recovery Centres offer services after a cyclone.

A Place of Refuge is a building within the community which is not Cyclone Shelter rated but will offer a degree of protection. These buildings are located in Laura, Lakeland, Rossville, Bloomfield, Coen and Portland Roads. There is no guarantee that these buildings will survive a direct impact from a severe cyclone but people may choose this as a better option than remaining in their own home.

Evacuation Centres are open after the cyclone to provide food, clothing and somewhere to stay if needed.  Recovery Centres provide longer term assistance after a cyclone like Centrelink services, counselling and housing.

The Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group is in place to plan, coordinate and respond to any disasters events within Cook Shire.  If you require any further information please contact the Cook Shire LDMG via Cook Shire Council on 07 4069 5444 or email mail@cook.qld.gov.au.

Issuing of Tropical Cyclone Advice

The Bureau of Meteorology keeps the public informed by providing advice in the form of cyclone warnings, watches and severe weather warnings.

A cyclone watch is issued at six hourly intervals if a cyclone or potential cyclone exists and there is a likelihood gale force winds or stronger will affect coastal or island communities within the next 24 to 48 hours. A cyclone warning is issued at three hourly intervals if gale force winds or stronger are expected to affect coastal or island communities within the next 24 hours. Warnings are updated every hour when a cyclone is close to landfall.

A severe weather warning may be issued if the system is no longer a cyclone but communities are still being threatened by damaging winds, flooding rains or pounding seas.  Damage caused by a tropical cyclone can easily be kept to a minimum by taking preventative measures before the cyclone season arrives (usually November to April).

More information on cyclones

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588