A Local Flood Warning Emergency Action Plan will be drafted in response to the devastating impact of floods on our community.
Mayor Peta Pinson said while the lead agency is the state through the SES, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council bears an enormous responsibility on behalf of our community to keep us safe.
"If there is one thing we have been hearing is that we weren't ready, we weren't prepared, we didn't think it would get that high, we didn't get the warnings ... it's an absolute miracle no one lost their life during this recent event," she said.
The March floods caused extensive damage across the local government area.
The recovery process is ongoing.
The council requested its chief executive officer Dr Clare Allen draft the Local Flood Warning Emergency Action Plan.
The terms of reference spans flood depth indicators, local communication warnings via radio, Facebook and various databases, inclusion of river monitoring systems and clearly identifying roles and responsibilities between local, state and federal governments.
Cr Pinson said the council must do its part at a local level.
She said we needed to be as prepared as we could for future floods and also take the learnings out of what we had just experienced.
The council asked Dr Allen to provide a briefing to councillors on the draft report by June 30.
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