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March 18th 2010
Disaster Management Group on alert

The Townsville Local Disaster Management Group has been placed on standby after the cyclone watch area for Cyclone Ului was today extended north to Cardwell.

Townsville Mayor and TLDMG chairman Cr Les Tyrell said the group would meet tomorrow morning to reassess the cyclone threat.

“The meeting will bring together all of the city’s emergency service agencies to ensure that everyone is fully briefed and making the necessary preparations to respond to the cyclone should it pose a threat to the city,” Cr Tyrell said.

“We will be keeping a very close watch on developments overnight and strongly urge residents to make sure they are cyclone ready and listening to official advice through the media.

“The council has already begun preparations by stockpiling cold mix for road repairs, clearing drains and making sure plant and equipment is fully fuelled and operational.

“The TLDMG and the SES are also liaising closely with the Emergency Management Queensland as part of a broader regional response should it be required.”

Cr Tyrell said the Early Warning Network had sent out a cyclone advice via email to registered residents in Townsville this morning.

A total of 11,351 people have signed up for the service, with around 200 joining every day since Cyclone Ului formed earlier this week.

Residents can obtain more information on cyclone preparation on the Council’s website

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Disaster Management Group on alert
Margo Plowright
March 18th 2010
Hi All, Townsville is definitely a well prepared example for other councils to look up to. We at EWN,(Early Warning Network) have been amazed at the amount of Townsville residents joining our service in the last few days. For the last 6 hours they have been averaging more than one a minute, resident registrations, and don't look like slowing down any time soon. I would say that is a "Town Emergency Plan" well executed there.Whoever said "Opt-in" Systems dont work! Cheers Margo'.

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