QAS ready for emergencies
THE Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is well prepared to maintain operations and assist the community as Tropical Cyclone Marcia approaches the Queensland coast.
QAS staff are on stand-by in the areas of central and south-east Queensland expected to bear the brunt of TC Marcia's heavy rain and high winds, while the State Ambulance Co-ordination Centre in Brisbane has been activated to monitor ambulance resources and demand over the coming days.
To provide additional support for affected areas, the QAS Operational Support Unit along with a logistics officer and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher were deployed to Bundaberg on Tuesday.
As well, seven paramedics from the State Operations Response Team Brisbane were deployed to Rockhampton today.
These additional resources can also be deployed to other areas should they be needed.
QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles said QAS were on the ground and fully prepared to assist the community during and after TC Marcia and urged residents to be prepared by:
• Collecting and keeping medication in one easy-to-reach spot;
• Clearing property of all loose items by bringing outdoor furniture and toys inside;
• Filling buckets and bath with water in case water supply becomes restricted;
• Ensuring that you have an evacuation kit ready, which includes medication and any spare doctor's scripts, warm clothes, baby formula, nappies and any valuables;
• Checking on your neighbours, especially the elderly;
• Bringing pets inside, or securing them in a sheltered area with plenty of food and water;
• Placing generators outside to minimise the dangers from exhaust fumes.
Mr Bowles also urged residents to stay away from floodwaters to avoid drowning and injury.
"Don't attempt to drive through flooded roads and under no circumstances should anyone swim or walk through floodwaters. If it's flooded, forget it.
"Being a good swimmer isn't enough to survive floodwaters.Even in shallow water, you can't see what's lurking beneath and debris can cause serious injury.
"Stay away from stormwater drains and ensure children are well supervised at all times."
Mr Bowles said residents should listen to their local radio for information on the movement and severity of the cyclone.
"In the case of an emergency, always phone 000 immediately," he said.