PLANNING for the worst and hoping for the best when Mother Nature comes to our door is Minister Jack Dempsey's vision for improving emergency management across Queensland.
Mr Dempsey, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, joined Inspector-General Emergency Management Iain MacKenzie, Member for Keppel Bruce Young and Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig at Yeppoon's Cyclone Shelter last week to launch the Emergency Management Assurance Framework and announce a review of cyclone shelters.
The initiative is being driven to ensure Queensland families will be safer as the State enters a new era of disaster management.
Minister Dempsey said the framework was the cornerstone in the revitalisation of disaster management in Queensland.
He said places like Yeppoon where Local Government was working with the state were the pinnacle of how it could work.
"The innovation framework will provide the catalyst for a more consistent approach among agencies to disaster management in the state.
"But, above all, it will mean that Queensland families and anyone who is caught in a disaster will be safer," Mr Dempsey said.
"It will also see closer working relationships, a reduction of red tape and improved coordination in disaster and emergency response.
"I am confident the framework will provide the platform on which we can together take disaster and emergency management to the next level of excellence."
The framework was developed in close consultation with stakeholders from across the disaster management sector and was designed to clearly identify areas of responsibility and ensure agencies, groups and individuals were able to deal with disasters effectively and ensure the requirements were relevant for both large and small communities.
Cr Ludwig said the framework was all about working in partnership with local, state and federal governments as well as community groups, volunteers and the community.
"Our exercise at the shelter last week highlighted the necessary preparation we need to have in place," Cr Ludwig said.
"The learnings from the exercise will assist state wide on how we can do things better in the case of an emergency."
Mr Young said the EMAF was about setting protocols and ongoing auditing to ensure all emergency facilities were fully functional and able to be used in an emergency.
Get Ready Home Emergency Kit
Fresh water (for three days)
Non-perishable food (for three days)
First aid kit
Mobile phone and charger
Baby formula and nappies
Waterproof bag for valuables