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Mock disaster to practise setting up evacuation centre

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More than 40 Sunshine Coast Council and Red Cross staff and volunteers have practised responding to a simulated emergency situation.

A joint exercise at Nambour Showgrounds has seen participants respond to a mock out-of-control grass fire, that was forcing residents to evacuate.

Exercise Ignis involved setting up an evacuation centre and practising the intake of evacuees, while setting up registration, sleeping, dining, personal support and pet areas.

Council says the role-play was months in the making, and specifically designed to provide a realistic evacuation centre scenario to deliver some hands-on experience.

The field exercise packed three days’ worth of responsive action into four hours.

Red Cross controller Lyn Gahan says all agencies that took part in the simulation worked really well together.

“The exercise provided a great development opportunity for the team to practise a range of roles and tasks to support evacuated community members,” Mrs Gahan says.

Sunshine Coast Council Community Portfolio Councillor David Law says keeping the community safe during critical disasters is paramount.

“I’m pleased to see [yesterday's] simulation was such a success, thanks to hard work, cooperation and critical listening from all parties involved,” Cr Law says.

“Council works extremely hard with key local and state government agencies to ensure it is adequately prepared in times of a crisis.”

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