THE Scenic Rim Regional Council has launched an online resource designed to provide information to the Scenic Rim community before, during and after a major weather event or natural disaster.
Council's Disaster Dashboard is a user-friendly platform developed as a single source for a wide range of information with a clickable map of the Scenic Rim showing status updates for road closures, fire incidents and riverine flooding.
The Disaster Dashboard also provides live feeds of the most recent Facebook notifications from organisations such as State Emergency Services and Queensland Police.
Other live social media feeds include health, schools, parks and wildlife, transport, Bureau of Meteorology, and communications services.
The resource will be accessible from computers, smart phones and other devices.
It features a directory of non-emergency contact numbers for Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and State Emergency Service.
The directory also provides contact numbers for Energex, Queensland Urban Utilities and the Bureau of Meteorology.
The site provides live updates about weather warnings, road conditions, power outages, and the operation of evacuation and recovery centres.
Simply clicking on the community recovery button will take you to a list of community support organisations who can assist in a crisis.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the introduction of the Disaster Dashboard would assist Scenic Rim residents to stay informed and support their own “what if” plans in the event of extreme weather and natural disasters.
“We can't control natural disasters and extreme weather events but we can control the way we respond to them,” he said.
“This means having an emergency plan, an emergency kit and being aware of potential threats through accurate and timely information."
The Disaster Dashboard online hub brings together social media feeds, emergency contact details, weather radar, emergency news and information about fire danger ratings.
It also provides information about river heights and Seqwater dam levels.
“A vital part of disaster preparedness is knowing how to source reliable information quickly, so familiarisation with Disaster Dashboard should be a part of your 'what if' plan for a potential emergency,” Cr Christensen said.
The Scenic Rim Disaster Dashboard is available at disasterdashboard.scenicrim.qld.gov.au or readers can access via Council's website at scenicrim.qld.gov.au