Report blasts Queensland councils’ disaster warning capabilities

Originally published by the Brisbane Times

 A resident cleans up debris after flooding hit Bundaberg. Photo: Chris Hyde
A resident cleans up debris after flooding hit Bundaberg. Photo: Chris Hyde

The disaster preparedness of Queensland councils has been blasted in a damning report that highlighted a lack of collaboration and planning between authorities.

A review by the Inspector-General Emergency Management found few councils had sufficient early warning systems in place.

The report, tabled in Parliament┬áby Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller on Monday, found a lack of sufficient planning and profiling of communities to identify “barriers to effective communication”.

The damning report found warning systems did “not allow for the continuous flow of critical, up-to-date and relevant” information between stakeholders.

The report made several recommendations, including a review of the Queensland State Disaster Management Plan and a “qualitative assessment” of public information and warnings.

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