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Rockhampton council planning an evacuation centre

By David Bell

Owners of real estate in Rockhampton are advised that the Rockhampton Regional Council is planning an evacuation centre if the need for one presents itself.

Volunteers from the Red Cross and Salvation Army would staff the centre – however, the location for the facility is yet to be announced.

Given that volunteer services are stretched due to the extensive damage from the recent flooding across much of Queensland – authorities are urging locals to only use the evacuation centre as a last resort.

Affected locals should seek refuge with friends and family first.

The council said that the facility will be quite basic, and that there would be no way to look after pets – so animal owners are advised to place them in the care of friends who are not in the path of the damage.

For any future disaster, police said there won't be mandatory evacuations but will advise on the appropriate course of action.

Evacuees should remember to pack essentials with them, which extends beyond toiletries and pillows. Be sure to remember important documents and medicines to ensure that your family is protected.

The centre will only be able to facilitate short-term accommodation.

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