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Hello all

if you haven't read drop bear's topic regarding STC Debbie, here's a brief description
STC Debbie hit the Whitsunday region, Queensland, Australia on 28/3, crossing the coast as a category 4 cyclone. it had affected the communities in the Whistsunday Islands, Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Bowen and Mackay. STC Debbie then deintensified into a tropical low, and brought flooding to Southeast Queensland and North New South Wales.

I responded as a volunteer with the State emergency Service and went down to Mackay and Proserpine for a 5 day deployment. this is my personal report and feedback.

1. when driving with a convoy, convoy orders need to be written and given to all members, we were swapping drivers for fatigue management and once a driver was swapped, no idea of the convoy orders.

2. food/water. while adequate supplies of water were carried in our team vehicle, talking to residents in cyclone affected area have made me rethink my water supply. As drop bear mentioned, more water. I will be looking at boosting my stored water supply to 60L of drinking water, 60-100L general purpose water (washing dishes, flushing toilet etc). Thanks to the salvation army for feeding us, but 2x pieces of fruit, a museli bar, 2x small chocolates and a popper does not equal enough food for a day. Next time some ready to eat/freeze-dried meals might be taken in addition to a jetboil stove for hot drinks.

3. Communications. on deployment our communication sucked, so next time we deploy consideration should be taken to include at least 1 satphone and 1 HF radio for remote area taskings. personal communications should be upgraded with a dual-band radio and the ability to recharge/replace batteries.

4. sleeping/shelter: hammock for the win, next time I'll take longer tree-protectors to allow me to wrap around doors better. A light tarp would also be advantageous for setting up some shade while on jobs (mid-day chainsaw jobs suck).

For the next Cyclone
- I need to have better storage for water, I'll slowly begin buying up some water containers and get some water treatment for long-life storage

- fuel was in short supply during Debbie, with some towns running dry due to them being isolated. fuel storage should be increased and improved.

- Power was cut for extended times (some communities are still without power even now) I'll have to look at alternative power options such as portable solar or generator in order to maintain some normality. I should also consider some large capacity batteries and rig up some 12v lighting for power outages.

-SES deployments. get my kitbag replaced (it broke) and better organisation of gear. packing pods worked well but compression sacks for spare clothes/uniforms might pack better

well that's my experience and reflection, hope people get some info from that

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taipan821 wrote:

4. sleeping/shelter: hammock for the win, next time I'll take longer tree-protectors to allow me to wrap around doors better.



Thanks for the post! Can you elaborate more on #4? I can guess at it but wanted to hear of your experience. :D

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teotwaki wrote:
taipan821 wrote:

4. sleeping/shelter: hammock for the win, next time I'll take longer tree-protectors to allow me to wrap around doors better.



Thanks for the post! Can you elaborate more on #4? I can guess at it but wanted to hear of your experience. :D


we were sleeping in a cyclone shelter...picture a basketball court, mixed with a jail then add reinforcing. with the mozzies out I wanted to hang my hammock for comfort, but the only place to hang was in a corner, with tree protectors wrapped around doors (the doors were then locked to not give way so easily) while the 6 foot straps did the job, longer straps would reduce the strain on everything

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