What to do in a event of a disaster in St Francis
Disaster management is a hugely important component of any town, city or region and it is important that the community is well advised in what to do in the event a disaster should strike within the greater St Francis.
St Francis has had its fair share of major disasters with the canal fires and Santareme floods of 2012 and more recently, the fires that threatened Cape St Francis, the Air Park and Sea Vista in January 2016. St Francis Property Owners association in consultation with all the key players involved in managing potential disasters including Kouga Municipality, NSRI, FOSTER, St Francis Riparian HOA, amongst others, are in the process of putting together a comprehensive disaster management plan, details of which will be updated on this page going forward.
Disaster Management Plan for the Greater St Francis Area
The objective of this plan is to document our plan for dealing with disasters occurring in the Greater St Francis area. This plan is limited to organising the “Volunteers” who will support both the Voluntary Teams and the Professional Service Brigades i.e. Fire Brigade, Police, Traffic Police, Hospitals, Air Force and other Military services.
Disaster Management name to be ‘Friends of St Francis Fire and Rescue’ (FOSFFAR).
This plan includes the following:
- Communication Network
- Support Teams
- Rapid Response Teams
- Command Centre
- Disaster Management Volunteer Organisation
- Types of Disasters
The Greater St Francis area consists of the following discrete communities. Each community will be organised into communication networks where information can be disseminated quickly and accurately. These communities include:
- Private Estates : there are 40 private estates
- Kromme River properties
- Oyster Bay Road properties
- St Francis Bay Canals
- St Francis Bay Village
- St Francis Port
- Sea Vista
- Industrial Sites
- Cape St Francis
- Rocky Farm
- Kouga Wind Farm
- Outlying private farms
The Training and Equipment required by the Command Centre, the Rapid Response Teams and the Support Teams needs to be listed, and then the finance required to pay for the training and equipment will be calculated. We can then look for sources of finance to pay for the setting up of these Volunteer services. Suggestions to-date include:
- Surplus of approximately R300,000 collected for the 2016 fires
- Corporate sponsorship directly affected by such disasters e.g. Kouga Wind Farm, Eskom
- The Links already has a stock of equipment and a trained Rapid Response Team
The Command Centre will be mobilised when either the NSRI or The Links emergency lines receive a call about an event that could escalate into a disaster e.g. a fire report. The NSRI and The Links both man a 24/7 emergency line service. These telephone numbers will be publicised throughout the Greater St Francis Community. On receipt of such an emergency call the Duty operator/manager will in turn call the Command Centre Manager to hand over the disaster/emergency report. The Command Centre Manager will then contact his leadership team and trigger the Call Out of the Rapid Response Teams, the opening and manning of the Command Centre, and the Call Out of the Support Teams.
The Communication network will include:
- WhatsApp: Broadcast Lists e.g. by Community, by Volunteer Team, etc.
- Radio (CBs, VHF, UHF) : Ground to Air, Ground to Ground, Ground to Sea, Air to Sea
- Cell phones
- Social networks : Face Book, Twitter
- KM liaison
- Other Government services liaison
- Media liaison : radio, TV, newspaper, internet news (St Francis Today)