Executive director of Emergency Management Queensland Frank Pagano discusses with regional director Peter Twomey tactics for the upcoming storm and cyclone season at a workshop yesterday.
Executive director of Emergency Management Queensland Frank Pagano discusses with regional director Peter Twomey tactics for the upcoming storm and cyclone season at a workshop yesterday. Ron Burgin/News Mail

Fix leaks before storm season begins

EXPERTS from across the state converged on Bundaberg yesterday to discuss the response to possible cyclones, storms and floods across the region as summer approaches.

Emergency Management Queensland executive director Frank Pagano said the meeting was to ensure emergency services and residents were adequately prepared for the upcoming storm season.

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“If your roof leaked last year and your gutter overflowed, then it is not going to cope this year, so it is actually time to do something about that,” he said.

Mr Pagano said the discussion had focused on how well the region was prepared for emergency events such as cyclones, storms, floods and even tsunamis, and what had been learnt after the near miss with Cyclone Hamish earlier in the year.

“Certainly there has been a lot of comment in relation to the good things that happened, but there are things we learnt and didn't do so well. That included what we could do in relation to public communication and in relation to evacuation and evacuation plans,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology regional director (Queensland) Jim Davidson said the chances of cyclones were diminished due to a mild El Nino event.

However, he warned the highest incidents of summer storms occurred during neutral years.

“Because the El Nino is only mild, it probably means the storm activity will be close to average. Any particular storm could be quite severe,” he said.

The El Nino system would also have a big effect on the fire season.

“We have been experiencing very warm and dry conditions and therefore the fire season is expected to be quite significant. It should extend into December,” Mr Davidson said.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor David Batt said it was helpful to have experts from across the state in Bundaberg to help with emergency strategies in the region.



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