DISASTER RESPONSE: Central Highlands Regional Council launches an update to its disaster management software.
DISASTER RESPONSE: Central Highlands Regional Council launches an update to its disaster management software. Contributed

Cutting edge council disaster response

CENTRAL Highlands Regional Council is the third Queensland council to launch an update to its disaster management software to improve emergency responses that will need them the most.

The incident management software, Guardian IMS, collects information critical for disaster management and responses and shared the information between disaster coordination personnel.

Council's Coordinator Disaster Management and Community Resilience Glenn Bell said with the new software, emergency responders and disaster coordinators had critical information.

"The new software can be used on a mobile phone, enabling staff on the road to post road closures in real time,” Mr Bell said.

With the updated system, a disaster response can also be coordinated from remote locations.

"We can work with other councils to pick up where we left off, allowing staff to get rest or look after their property and families and vice versa,” he said.

Software developer QIT Plus Senior GIS Disaster Management Specialist Sam Williams said the Central Highlands Regional Council played an integral part in the development of the software.


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