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Mock cyclone to test disaster efforts

By Kirsty Nancarrow, Thursday December 13, 2012 - 10:53 EDT

The Cairns council says it will be putting lessons learnt from Cyclone Yasi into practice during a disaster exercise in the far north Queensland today.

Agencies will gather at the disaster coordination centre at Woree to respond to a hypothetical 'Tropical Cyclone Linda'.

The acting chairman of the local disaster management group, Councillor Steve Brain, says it is a chance for participants to analyse their roles and responsibilities.

"Even in the last few years we've seen council launching into social media to try and engage the population as quickly and accurately as possible, so Facebook, Twitter, those sort of things," he said.

"We are learning on the way - it's not perfect yet but we're hoping to get that a bit closer after today."

He says the exercise will go beyond mobilising the disaster coordination centre and coordinating a multi-agency response.

"We're picking up a lot more on trying to manage the procedures outside of just the event itself," he said

"The variables such as managing the tourists, possible illness breakout, the evacuation centres, what we do with resupply of food, bedding - that sort of thing."


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