The City of Darwin has begun training selected staff in cyclone preparedness to ensure the community can respond proactively in the lead up to, and following, a natural disaster.

General Manager Engineering and City Services, Ron Grinsell, said staff had shown tremendous commitment and resilience post Cyclone Marcus in 2018 and that ongoing training was critical to the effective management of emergencies and disasters.

“It is important that our staff are well trained and prepared for the cyclone season or any natural disaster,” Mr Grinsell said.

“The community expects us, as a grassroots level government, to respond proactively and decisively during and following an emergency and communicate important messages effectively.”

Nearly 50 key staff from across the City of Darwin, representing Infrastructure, Regulatory Services, Information Technology, Parks and Reserves, Communications, Finance and Libraries, will receive intensive training in the disaster management program Guardian.

Guardian was first used following Cyclone Marcus, with more than 2700 jobs logged and the system allowing for the prioritisation of jobs and allocation of resources.

City of Darwin is reminding the community to “Prepare, Take Care and Be Aware”.

  • Prepare – by clearing your property of loose items that could become hazardous during a cyclone. Make sure your dog or cat is registered and microchipped in case they go missing and don’t forget to include your pets in your Cyclone Plan. During a cyclone take cover and be safe – and comfort your pets who may become agitated.
  • Take Care – once the “all clear” is given properties, roads, parks and open spaces may be unsafe due to fallen trees, power lines or other cyclone hazards. Avoid using the roads or entering parks until hazards are removed.
  • Be Aware – keep informed by listening to updates from local radio and emergency services. Check the Secure NT Website and Facebook, together with City of Darwin’s Facebook and Website to keep updated.