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Queensland #QLD | No shortage of #whoopingcough #vaccine

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said today there is no shortage of vaccines for the state’s pertussis (whooping cough) immunisation programs for children and pregnant women.

Following today’s media reports of a shortage in Queensland, Dr Young moved quickly to reassure people that there was no danger of running out of vaccines.

“Although there is a world wide shortage of the vaccine, our immunisation programs for children and pregnant women are not experiencing shortfalls,” Dr Young said.

“Queensland uses a different brand of the vaccine for the pregnancy program to the one in short supply, so there is no issue at all for the state’s pregnant women and their babies.

“The Department of Health supplies the pertussis-containing vaccine to the School Immunisation Program, Childhood Immunisation Program and the Whooping Cough Vaccine for pregnant women program.

“The vaccine for pregnant women is free and provided to General Practitioners and Hospital and Health Services to administer.

“There may be some short term shortages in the private sector in circumstances where patients are seeking immunisation outside the children’s program or the program that is in place to support pregnant women.”

Dr Young said reports of people being allegedly deferred by GPs would only be in cases where the vaccine was not time critical.

“These people can return when supplies are again available,” she said.

“People seeking a dose outside of the state government’s childhood program, school program or the program for pregnant women should seek advice from their GP.

“If a GP cannot obtain vaccine for the patient at that time, the patient should discuss options with their GP, as the GP will be in the best place to determine what is necessary in their particular circumstances.

“Other patient enquiries should be directed to 13 HEALTH.”

Dr Young said the Department of Health was active in the prevention of deaths caused by whooping cough, particularly in infants under three months..

“Pregnant women in their third trimester are encouraged to be vaccinated for pertussis due to updated recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook,” Dr Young said.

“Vaccination in pregnant women has been shown to give direct and effective protection to the pertussis disease in newborn infants through the transfer of maternal antibodies in utero,” she said.

“I encourage all pregnant women to consult with their doctor about being vaccinated for whooping cough, considering the serious risks the respiratory disease can have to infants.

“Studies have found no increased risk to pregnancy associated with the vaccination and that the vaccination delivered in the third trimester can protect the baby until the recommended three-dose primary schedule for infants.”

Dr Young said that two booster doses were recommended during childhood to continue to protect the child through to their early teens.

“Booster pertussis-containing vaccines are also recommended for children aged 18 months and then four years.”

Queensland #QLD | Queenslanders commit to fight against #Hendra

A team of research experts from the Hendra Virus Taskforce say Queensland volunteers who have put their hand up to join the fight against Hendra virus will have the thanks of the entire community.

Queensland’s Department of Health has been granted approval to begin testing a monoclonal antibody against the Hendra virus on human volunteers this year.

The approval follows the announcement in late 2013 of a $1.2 million state and federal grant to fund a human clinical safety trial.

The human trials will be run at the Q-Pharm clinics at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and will be supervised by renowned Hendra virus specialist Dr Geoffrey Playford from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“The human monoclonal antibody m102.4 was developed for the treatment of Hendra virus infection in people,” Dr Playford said.

“To date, the antibody has only ever been used on compassionate grounds in eleven people.

“Of these patients, 10 survived but there was insufficient information to determine whether the use of the monoclonal antibody influenced this outcome which is why further research is required.

“Based on our research to date, we expect the monoclonal antibody to prevent a person becoming infected following contact with an infected horse and to improve their chances of survival if they have already become infected.

“The screening process to recruit 40 suitable volunteers for the human trials began late last month.

We require healthy men and women aged between 18 and 50 for the trial and, at this stage, our volunteer numbers are looking good.”

A monoclonal antibody is a laboratory-produced molecule that’s carefully engineered to attach to specific defects in a targeted cell – in this case a Hendra virus cell.

Dr Playford said monoclonal antibodies mimicked the antibodies the human body naturally produced as part of the immune system’s response to germs, vaccines and other invaders.

“Almost like an intelligent missile, the monoclonal antibody is designed to seek out Hendra virus cells,” Dr Playford said.

“The antibody is designed to attach to part of the Hendra virus, thereby alerting the body’s immune system to the virus’s presence and marking it for destruction.

“The main objective of the study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the Hendra virus monoclonal antibody m102.4.

“Basically, we want to find out how the antibody makes people feel and whether there are any side effects.

“The trial will also determine the amount of antibody in a person’s blood at various times during the study and the effect it has on the immune system.”

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said testing the monoclonal antibody on humans would see the state move one step closer to protecting those at high risk of developing Hendra virus following contact with an infected horse.

“Right from the beginning this trial has been an excellent example of collaboration in health research,” Dr Young said.

“This trial would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of Queensland Health, the Queensland and New South Wales Intergovernmental Hendra Virus Taskforce, The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), QPharm, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory, American Hendra virus expert Dr Chris Broder, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine and the Alister Rodgers Memorial Fund.”

Director of AIBN Professor Peter Gray said the trial’s journey began back in 2010 when

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer obtained a licence from the US Department of Defence, to produce the experimental antibody called m102.4.

“The m102.4 monoclonal antibody cell line was originally obtained for the purpose of producing and stockpiling the m102.4 human monoclonal antibody for human compassionate use in cases of Hendra virus exposure,” Prof. Gray said.

“Our experts at UQ’s AIBN have worked very hard to produce the m102.4 monoclonal antibody. It’s now exciting to think that, with human trials being approved in compliance with international guidelines, we are that much closer to saving infected people’s lives.”

Since 1994, there have been 52 incidents of Hendra virus in horses in Australia with 14 in NSW and 38 in Queensland. A total of 90 horses have died from the Hendra virus during this period.

To date there have been seven cases of Hendra Virus infection in humans resulting in four deaths.

All cases of human infection have occurred in Queensland.

For more information on the trial, go to www.hendrastudy.com.au

Queensland #QLD | Preparation key to safe #bushwalking this Easter

With a wet Easter on the cards for parts of Queensland, Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller has urged bushwalkers to be well prepared before heading into the great outdoors over the long weekend.

“With Easter upon us again, there will be lots of families looking for ways to keep the kids entertained – and bushwalking is a great way to stay active and have a lot of fun,” Minister Miller said.

“But whether you’re going on a short hike or an extensive trek, preparations are critical to ensuring you’re home safely in time for the Easter Bunny’s arrival.

“Items such as a first aid kit, thermal blanket, food and water supplies and appropriate sleeping equipment are essential for all bushwalkers.

“Always be prepared regardless of the distance of your bushwalk. On a longer bushwalk, or perhaps even a shorter walk on a challenging track, people need to have contingency plans and supplies in place.”

Minister Miller said even the most seasoned bushwalker could become lost or injured.

“Before you head off, make sure you let someone know where you plan to trek to – as well as a rough time they should expect you back,” Minister Miller said.

“It’s also important to ensure you’re wearing proper footwear and to pack additional, warm clothing in case the weather changes.

“We know Queensland’s weather can be unpredictable – and at this stage, it looks like it could rain over much of the Easter break in some parts of Queensland. So please make sure you’re staying up-to-date with the latest forecast.

“While it may disappoint the kids, you may have to postpone or cancel your planned hike – carrying on in heavy rain can be very dangerous and a recipe for disaster.”

SES Acting Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey stressed the importance of purchasing an Emergency Position Indicating Response Beacon (EPIRB) to ensure bushwalkers could be located in the event of an emergency.

“An EPIRB is an essential safety item if you’re heading out of populated areas. If you run into difficulty you can activate the EPIRB and it will notify the search and rescue coordination centre in Canberra, which will then notify the appropriate authorities.

“If you don’t have an EPIRB and you find yourself lost and in need of help, use whatever means you have to alert rescuers,” he said.

“Whether that’s flashing your camera or holding up the illuminated screen of your mobile phone, any light source will help attract the attention of rescue helicopter crews.”

 

Queensland | TC Nathan update as of 09:30 Friday 20 Mar

  • QFES personnel are beginning response activities this morning, with the focus on clearing roads to access communities and conducting damage assessments.
  • A total of 190 QFES and Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) staff and volunteers are currently deployed in the Far Northern Region, including 29 SES volunteers, 20 Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) volunteers and 127 firefighters, air operations and USAR personnel.
  • A QFES Regional Operation Centre is operational in Cairns, as well as Incident Control Centres at Port Douglas and Cooktown, to assist communities affected by the cyclone.
  • There have been approximately 30 requests for SES assistance since the beginning of the event. The majority of requests have been for sandbagging.
  • There is likely to be a number of hazards including fallen trees, power lines, debris and even possible structural damage, making it is vital people do not explore or go sightseeing once it is safe to leave their homes.
  • Queenslanders are reminded: if it’s flooded, forget it.
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices; and
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

Queensland | Firies on the edge of the map

Channel country stretches out as far as the eye can see; the landscape dotted with small trees and spinifex grass, eventually mixing into the blue sky, the road fades away, swallowed by a shimmering mirage.

Here, about 1,000km west of Brisbane, the volunteers of the Yowah Rural Fire Brigade are ready for the call.

“Out here we respond to anything; from bushfires, house fires, road accidents to assisting with Royal Flying Doctor medical evacuations or general rescues,” said Yowah Fire Warden and Rural Fire Brigade Third Officer Scott Shorten.

“As we are an isolated town, we have to rely on ourselves. The nearest backup help is a minimum two hours’ drive away.”

Eighteen members strong, the Yowah Rural Fire Brigade is made up of locals from all walks of life; from retirees to shop owners, council workers to school groundsmen and of course, resident opal miners.

“We train locally; the training officers from Roma make visits to upgrade our training on a fairly regular basis,” Scott said.

“At the end of this month, the crew will be training with the Royal Flying Doctors night landing practice. This is when we have to keep all the animals like kangaroos, pigs etcetera off the strip.

“The pilots have to practice landing with just car headlights to light up the end of the airstrip or landing only using some of the landing lights and any other things their instructors can throw at them. It can get a bit intense at times.”

“Out here the best thing about volunteering is that you just never know what you will be called out to so it is never boring.” 

Queensland | SES Orange angels shown no mercy by TC Marcia

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While Queensland’s dedicated State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers  are seen as saviours to those waiting for assistance, their orange overalls are no armour to mother nature’s wrath.

Livingstone SES volunteers were not spared when Tropical Cyclone Marcia ripped through the area on Friday.

Livingstone SES deputy controller Warren Spreadborough said once it was safe to leave his home after the cyclone, he had to chainsaw his way out of his own driveway with so many trees brought down.

“I live in Cawarral and it was flattened,” Mr Spreadborough said.

“The Livingstone SES has over 100 members but in my case, I had to cut my way out of my driveway, then I had to cut my way down the road before I could get out and help others.QFES

“We have had assistance from Mackay SES who have arrived today.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Central Region Assistant Commissioner Ewan Cayzer said more SES were on the way.

“We had crews from Far Northern Region that had been deployed to Brisbane and will be stopping in Central Region on their way home to help for a day,” Mr Cayzer said.

Mr Cayzer, who is also a Yeppoon local, said he was thankful for the way the community had banded together and was showing patience as volunteers tried to make their way to all the jobs.

“We are chipping away at the requests for help but it is important for everyone to remember that the SES and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) are volunteers, they have regular jobs and families and in many cases, they have properties of their own that have significant damage,” he said.

“We appreciate the assistance and patience from the community. By working together we will get through this disaster as easily as possible.”

Queensland | Theft of 17 generators during cyclone recovery in Rockhampton is a low act

Acting Detective Inspector Luke Peachey, Officer in Charge of the Rockhampton Criminal Investigation Branch said a team of detectives and intelligence officers were working around the clock to find those responsible for a recent spate of generator thefts in the disaster declared Rockhampton area.

“We are determined to bring to justice those responsible for these irresponsible and dangerous thefts.

“It is beyond belief that in a time when the community of Rockhampton is pulling together, helping each other out, that some people think it is okay to steal much needed and invaluable generators.

“Some of these have been stolen from intersections where the possibility of serious crashes due to traffic lights being out remains high.

“Others have been stolen from businesses and while some of these thefts appear to be opportunistic it would appear that others may be more targeted and organised.

“And while we have a number of positive lines of investigation underway at the moment, and have suspects in our sights, I would still appeal to members of the public to contact Crime Stoppers with any information,” Acting Detective Inspector Peachey said.

The generators, some of which were chained, have been stolen from:

February 21

  • Intersection of Albert and Bolsover streets, Rockhampton between 9.30 and 10pm
  • Intersection of Dean and High streets, Berserker between 4pm and 10.45pm
  • Alexandra and Farm streets, Kawana between 10.30pm and 6am (22/2)
  • Dean and Kerrigan streets, Frenchville between 10.30pm and 6am (22/2)
  • Thorzet Road, Koongal between 5.30pm and 6.45am (22/2)

February 22

  • Dean Street, Frenchville between 10am and 10.45am
  • Moores Creek and Yaamba Road, Park Avenue around 11.35pm
  • Farm Street and Norman Road, Norman Gardens between 6pm and 7am (23/2)

February 23

  • Pillich Street, Kawana between 4am and 6am
  • Vallis Street, Frenchville at 12.10pm
  • Bloxsom Street, Koongal between 12.20 and 12.25pm
  • Florida Crescent, Parkhurst between 12.30 and 6.45pm
  • Harrow Street, West Rockhampton between 3pm and 7.45pm
  • Thozet Road, Frenchville between 10pm and 6am (24/2)
  • Abby Drive, Gracemere between 1am and 6.30am
  • Diplock Street, Berserker between 4pm and 9am (24/2)

February 24

  • Thorzet Road, Koongal stolen between 19/2 and 24/4

“This is a low act and we are determined to catch everyone responsible. Police patrols in the area have been increased, and we are targeting areas where generators are located, but I would also ask the community to keep an eye out and to immediately report any suspicious behavior to police,” Acting Detective Inspector Peachey said.

Details of four of the generators stolen during the night of February 21 or in the early hours of February 22 were provided in a media release on February 23 (see below).

The locations of the thefts were the intersections of Albert and Bolsover Street, Dean and High Street, Alexandra and Farm Street and, Dean and Kerrigan Street.

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The four generators (similar pictured) are described as orange-coloured 5-8kVA generators fixed into a metal frame with the hire company’s asset number in numerous places including a steel plate welded to the frame.

Queensland | Safety warning for residents in cyclone-affected areas

Energy Minister Mark Bailey is urging residents in cyclone-affected areas of Queensland to be mindful of the dangers of fallen power lines, solar PV systems and generators.

Minister Bailey said solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are connected to the normal power supply in homes and businesses and can continue to generate power even if mains power has been disconnected.

“If your roof has been damaged, don’t go on the roof. The roof could be ‘live’ as solar PV panels can continue to generate power when mains power has been disconnected,” he said.

“Solar PV systems are as much an electrical safety risk as mains power and households and businesses should treat solar modules and their cables as if they are live.

“If you have any doubts, or your roof is damaged, I strongly urge households and businesses not to try to operate any switches as any moisture could cause the solar PV systems to become live. There is the risk of a serious or fatal electric shock even if mains power is disrupted,” he said.

Minister Bailey said residents and businesses should contact their installer or a licensed electrical contractor to test the PV solar system to ensure that it is safe after any roof damage.

“While a number of people in cyclone-affected areas are relying on generator power, it is important to note that these too, are not without safety risks, and require the utmost care,” he said.

“Generators produce carbon monoxide gases. This deadly gas is invisible and odourless. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when operating a generator. Keep generators well away from open windows to ensure deadly exhaust does not enter your home or your neighbour’s home.

“Ergon Energy strongly advise customers not to plug their generators directly into power points or into any part of the electricity network. This sends electricity into power lines above and below ground and is a major risk to field crews working on power lines, and nearby local residents who are cleaning up around fallen power lines. Run them outside the house, never inside a garage.”

The Minister has also warned residents to stay well away from fallen power lines. Assume they are ‘live’ and dangerous. Importantly, report any fallen power lines to 000 or 13 16 70.

Mr Bailey also paid tribute to Ergon Energy staff and Energex staff who have been working hard to restore power supplies to cyclone-affected parts of the state.

“It’s going to take at least a week if not more to restore power to households and businesses, given the extent of damage to the electricity network. It bore the brunt of a Category 5 cyclone,” he said.

“Small towns in outlying areas may take even longer for power to be restored. Ergon Energy staff have been working tirelessly to reconnect supplies as quickly as possible. The day after the cyclone struck, power was restored to 8,000 homes and businesses.

“Their efforts so far have been commendable,” Mr Bailey said.

To report a fault, please phone 13 22 96. For life-threatening emergencies, phone 000 or 13 16 70.

 

Queensland | Ex-TC Marcia update as of 15h30 22 Feb 2015

• State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) volunteers are working to assist residents in need in the wake of  ex TC Marcia;
• SES have received 452 requests for assistance over the past 24 hours, with the majority in Brisbane, central and south-east QLD;
• Of these, 273 jobs have already been completed;
• Firefighters continue to conduct rapid damage assessment, more than 1500 properties have been assessed by the QFES Rapid Damage Assessment team;
• QFES swift water rescue technicians responded to have conducted one  swift water rescue today in the North Burnette area;
• Queenslanders are reminded: if it’s flooded, forget it.
• Specialist swift water rescue technicians are on standby at locations across the State;
• For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices; and
• In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

Ex-TC Marcia Fast Facts as at 8am 22 Feb

  • QFES has now transitioned into recovery phase.
  • Although the heavy rain has eased, this isn’t a time to be complacent; motorists need to remain vigilant about travelling in wet weather by driving to conditions. Make sure you and your loved ones stay out of waterways, avoid drains and flooded areas. It is not safe to enter these areas, you never know what lies beneath the water. Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it. Don’t cross any flooded waterways.
  • The Mary River in Gympie is continuing to rise with the current level at 16.34m. It is expected that river levels will peak around the major flood level of 17.0m this afternoon. This is approx. 3m lower than in the peak of January 2013. Gympie is now isolated due to flood conditions.
  • Yesterday, over 1020 rapid damage assessments (RDAs) have been conducted, with 434 damaged properties, predominately in the Yeppoon and Rockhampton areas. The breakdown is as follows: 271 minor damage, 95 moderate, 68 severe damage, 2 total damage. Moderate damage or above is considered uninhabitable.
  • Two swift water incidents took place overnight however no actual rescues were required.
  • Statewide, the SES has already received more than 6100 requests for assistance since the beginning of this weather event (not including Brisbane City Council) 18/02/15. More than 1270 of these have been received in the past 24 hours (to 4am Sunday).
  • It is important the community is patient as the SES works through these requests. Please remember that the SES is made up of volunteers who will assist the most vulnerable first. If it is safe to do so, please help yourself before calling 132 500.
  • If you want to help the affected communities go to GIVIT.org.au to see what is urgently needed, or pledge your donations.
  • The Community Recovery Hotline is 1800 173 349 is the first port of call for advice or support.

Earlier… ex TC Marcia Fast Facts as at 4.40pm 21 Feb

  • QFES crews have responded to around 870 incidents related to Ex-TC Marcia since Friday, across Qld;
  • Specialist firefighters have conducted hundreds of rapid damage assessments of properties in central Qld today. Of these, 181 with minor damage, 55 with moderate damage, 45 with severe damage and 2 destroyed;
  • QFES crews were called to multiple swift water rescue incidents today and are urging Queenslanders to remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Across Qld, the SES has already received more than 5,900 requests for assistance since the beginning of this weather event (not including Brisbane City Council figures);
  • More than 3,900 of these requests have already been completed; 
  • 1900 of these requests have been received in the past 24 hours, concentrated in central Qld, Brisbane and the north coast;
  • There are 46 SES volunteers from Townsville making their way to assist in Rockhampton, along with 40 who are flying from Cairns to Brisbane;
  • Along with storm damage and flood assistance jobs, SES volunteers have also been assisting with a number of swift water rescue jobs. 
  • It is important the community is patient as the SES works through requests. Please remember, the SES is made up of volunteers who will assist the most vulnerable first. If it is safe to do so, please help yourself before calling 132 500;
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices; and
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) first.

Earlier…

Ex-TC Marcia Fast Facts as at 1.30pm 21 Feb

  • Across Queensland, the State Emergency Service (SES) has already received more than 5,600 requests for assistance since the beginning of this weather event. More than half of these requests have been completed already. 2700 of these have been received in the past 24 hours, concentrated in the Central region.
  • It is important the community is patient as the SES works through these requests. Please remember that the SES is made up of volunteers who will assist the most vulnerable first. If it is safe to do so, please help yourself before calling 132 500.
  • QFES crews have responded to around 790 incidents related to Ex-TC Marcia since yesterday, across the State.
  • Specialist firefighters have conducted around more than 180 Rapid Damage Assessments in Central Queensland. Of these, 25 have returned with severe damage, 27 with moderate damage and more than 60 with minor damage.
  • Approximately 200 homes in Yeppoon and 340 homes in Rockhampton are damaged or inundated.
  • A building collapse has been recorded in Rockhampton and Urban Search and Rescue teams are on scene. No people have been reported trapped.
  • QFES was called to four swift water rescue incidents overnight however only one of these resulted in a rescue. A man was rescued from a vehicle in Woodford. Queenslanders are urged to remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices. In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) first.Earlier…

Ex-TC Marcia fast facts as at 11am 21 Feb 15

  • Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been downgraded to a tropical low but is still very dangerous.
  • BoM has issued a separate severe thunderstorm warning for the Gympie and Sunshine Coast council area. A waterspout was observed near Mooloolabah which moved over land and has caused some building damage. Areas including  Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Moreton Bay and islands, Beenleigh, Caboolture and Caloundra should prepare for destructive winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
  • Water levels on the high tide are likely to be near or exceed the highest tide of the year in exposed coastal areas between Double Island Point and Coolangatta today.
  • A team of Community Recovery officers are heading to Central Queensland along with volunteer Ready Reservists to assess and respond to the needs of affected households.  The Community Recovery Hotline is 1800 173 349 is the first port of call for advice or support.
  • To access information on the Queensland Government’s disasters and emergencies websites, you can download the ‘Self Recovery’ mobile app through Apple or Android stores.
  • QFES was called to four swift water rescue incidents overnight however only one of these resulted in a rescue. A man was rescued from a vehicle in Woodford. Queenslanders are urged to remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.
  • All emergency alerts have been cancelled and are no longer current. 18 had been issued as a result of TC Marcia.
  • Approximately 200 homes in Yeppoon and 340 homes in Rockhampton are damaged or inundated. A small amount of roofing has been lost at the Rockhampton Hospital.
  • QFES has responded to more than 690 incidents related to Ex-TC Marcia since yesterday, across the state. The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforce has been briefed and will begin Rapid Damage Assessment (RDAs) today in Rockhampton.
  • Statewide, the SES has already received more than 4600 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours (not including Brisbane City Council). It is important the community is patient as the SES works through these requests. Please remember that the SES is made up of volunteers who will assist the most vulnerable first.
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices.
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) first.
  • Residents should contact their local council for information about evacuation shelters

Ex-TC Marcia fast facts

  • Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been downgraded to a tropical low but is still very dangerous
  • BoM has issued a separate severe thunderstorm warning for the Gympie and Sunshine Coast council area.
  • Two urgent search and rescue requests were received following the release of water from the Callide Dam. One request received from Mardale and the second in Jambin. A helicopter was deployed to assist however both issues resolved themselves prior to assistance being received.
  • Two emergency alerts are current for the areas of Banana Shire Council and North Burnett Regional Council.
  • Approximately 200 homes in Yeppoon and 340 homes in Rockhampton are damaged or inundated.
  • Statewide, the SES has already received more than 3200 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours (not including Brisbane City Council). Around 1400 of these have been completed.
  • QFES has responded to more than 500 incidents related to Ex-TC Marcia since yesterday, across the state.
  • More than 100 special operations personnel are deployed around the state.
  • SES resources are being moved from the Northern region in the Central region area.
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices.
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) first.

TC Maria Fast Facts 4:30pm Fri 20 Feb

  • Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been downgraded to a Category 3 but is still very dangerous.
  • Swift water rescue technicians are staged at Rockhampton, Agnes Waters, North Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bileola, Yeppoon and Mackay, ready to respond;
  • State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have received more than 2900 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours;
  • The SES has received more than 1000 requests for assistance in the greater Brisbane area, around 800 requests in central Queensland, more than 700 for the north coast and around 500 in the south east in the past 24 hours.
  • Requests for assistance are already inundating the SES and it is important the community is patient. Please remember that the SES is made up of volunteers who will assist the most vulnerable first;
  • There are more than 740 fire and rescue personnel, 11,500 Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) volunteers, 380 auxiliary firefighters and 1,300 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers ready to respond to communities in the path of Tropical Cyclone Marcia;
  • Beware of carbon monoxide risks if you are operating a petrol generator or outdoor gas appliances during the severe weather;
  • Rapid damage assessment trained firefighters are on standby at locations across the State ready to deploy as required;
  • More than 40 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel have been deployed to Rockhampton;
  • There are a number of road closures currently in place across the State and residents are reminded: if it’s flooded, forget it;
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices; and
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

TC Marcia Fast Facts 11am Fri 20 Feb

  • State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have received more than 1500 requests for assistance from 8am yesterday to 10am today;
  • These requests are concentrated in Queensland’s North Coast and Brisbane Regions, predominantly for sandbagging and leaking roof assistance;
  • Waiting in readiness as TC Marcia crosses the coast are more than; 800 Fire & Rescue officers, 12,000 Rural Fire Service Queensland (RSFQ) volunteers, 500 Auxiliary Fire & Rescue officers, and 1,300 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers;
  • Queenslanders are reminded: if it’s flooded, forget it.
  • More than 290 specialist swift water rescue technicians are on standby at locations across the State;
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices; and
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

TC Marcia Fast Facts 2pm Fri 20 Feb

  • State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have received more than 2000 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours.
  • These requests are concentrated in Brisbane, with more than 620 requests, the north coast, with more than 670 requests, south east with more than 430 requests and central Queensland with 230 requests.
  • There are more than 740 fire and rescue personnel, 11,500 RFSQ volunteers, 380 auxiliary firefighters and 1,300 SES volunteers ready to respond to communities in the wake of TC Marcia.
  • Beware of carbon monoxide risks if you operating petrol generator or outdoor gas appliances during the severe weather
  • Residents should contact their local council for information about evacuation centres
  • Swift water rescue and rapid damage assessment trained firefighters are on standby at locations across the State ready to deploy as required
  • More than 40 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel have been deployed to Rockhampton
  • Requests for assistance are already inundating the SES and it is important the community is patient. Please remember that the SES is made up of volunteers who will assist the most vulnerable first
  • There are a number of road closures currently in place across the State and residents reminded: if it’s flooded, forget it
  • For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices
  • In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

 

Queensland | TC Marcia disaster relief activated

National Disaster Recovery and Relief Arrangements (NDRRA) have been activated in the local government areas of Rockhampton, Livingstone and Banana.

Immediate Hardship Assistance and support services are now available to residents who live in those areas and have been directly affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

These targeted grants will be available to people who:

  • Live or are stranded in the targeted activation zone
  • Are unable to meet immediate essential needs
  • Are unable to seek support from family or friends and
  • Demonstrate direct impact such as loss or damage to home, loss of essential personal items and/or isolation from home for more than 48 hours.

Subject to these criteria, applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of five or more. Other assistance may also be available.

At this time, the Queensland Government is focusing recovery efforts on the families who can’t live in their homes due to damage from TC Marcia.

Community recovery hubs have opened in Yeppoon’s Town Hall and Rockhampton’s Walter Reid Cultural Centre and priority is being given to those people most in need.

Teams of outreach workers are preparing to visit residents in the worst-hit areas.

People are asked to make the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 their first port of call.

They can also download the Self Recovery app, or go to http://www.qld.gov.au/community for further information.