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NBMLHD staff Bethany Pade, Alison Comerford, Enid Robinson and Tristan Chapman at Exercise Deerubbin

Response to disaster tested

04 Jul 2019


It’s a worst case scenario no one hopes to encounter but a disaster or emergency sparking the mass evacuation of people from our region is something we need to practice.

Recently, District staff joined over 500 people for Exercise Deerubbin to test the response of government and non-government services to a major flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean.

NBMLHD Disaster Manager Enid Robinson says over 25 organisations including the NSW Police Force, SES, Bureau of Meteorology, Transport for NSW, NSW Health, and the Salvation Army descended on Sydney Olympic Park for the all-day exercise.

“Volunteers role-played evacuated residents providing our staff with a unique opportunity to test their skills and our preparations for collaborating with other agencies in large scale disasters,” says Ms Robinson.

The exercise included ‘activating’ and ‘operating’ a mass care facility at Qudos Arena which triaged people, pets and livestock.

District staff joining Ms Robinson at the Exercise were Tristan Chapman and Bethany Pade from Mental Health and District Disaster Coordinator Alison Comerford.