Emergency & Disaster Planning

Emergency & Disaster Planning

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NGIQ Series Part 9. Recommended good practice

This booklet summarises the findings from the report Improving the Performance of Crop Protection Enclosures to Resist Wind Loads, conducted on behalf of the Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) by the James Cook University, Cyclone Testing Centre (JCU CTC) and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). It highlights the importance of considering the durability level to be specified, some comments on footings and provides typical details of the main structural types observed during this study and recommended good practice details for some of the components to each system.

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NGIQ Series Part 8. Emergency contacts

This fact sheet provides some emergency contact phone numbers as a useful reference for a nursery business in the event of a cyclone or other event. Also included is an emergency contacts card which can be filled in to give to staff.

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NGIQ Series Part 7. After the disaster checklist

This is a checklist which can be used by a nursery business to record and assess areas and items around the nursery that may have been damaged by a cyclone or severe weather event.

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NGIQ Series Part 6. After the cyclone

After a cyclone or other severe weather event, there will be some activities to take care of immediately and some longer-term issues that should be addressed over time. This fact sheet can be used as a reminder of the issues to consider and the tasks that may need to be completed. Always remember that safety is paramount and no clean-up activities should be started until all people are accounted for and there is official confirmation that the threat has passed.

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NGIQ Series Part 5. During the cyclone

This fact sheet lists some important considerations for when a cyclone is imminent or occurring in the area of a nursery business. The information was adapted from advice provided by the Queensland Government.

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NGIQ Series Part 4. Before the cyclone

Once as cyclone has been predicted for the area, immediate actions can be taken to protect a nursery business. Some can be enacted immediately but others, especially those relating to the protection of plants, should be delayed as long as possible. The first step is to find and implement the elements of the business’ emergency plan. These and other steps to take are outlined in this fact sheet.

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NGIQ Series Part 3. Notes for new nurseries

When designing a new nursery, the possibility of high wind events at some time in the future should be recognised. This fact sheet discusses nursery design, layout and construction in relation to cyclone and severe weather management.

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NGIQ Series Part 2. Building resilience

This fact sheet is designed to provide advice on the longer-term ‘background’ considerations to assist in building nursery businesses’ overall resilience to cyclones and severe weather. Implementing policies and ensuring the items listed in the document have been addressed well before any event (such as during the months building up to cyclone season) will assist
you when an event has been predicted and your attention turns to more immediate needs.

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NGIQ Series Part 1. Introduction to series on cyclones and nursery structures

This is an introduction to an information series developed from a project by the Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ), the Cyclone Testing Station of James Cook University and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). The series provides information to assist a nursery business in building resilience to cyclones and severe weather by minimising damage to structures, equipment and stock and increasing the ability of the business to recover after an event.

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1. AN INDEX OF EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PLANNING TECHNICAL ITEMS