When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when”.
Queensland is the most natural disaster impacted state in Australia, exposing our communities and infrastructure to repeated damage.
As Queenslanders we understand the impacts from natural disasters can include minor inconveniences such as transport delays, needing to use alternative travel routes, collecting children early from school, massive queues at the petrol station or supermarket, and loss of power or internet connection.
And then there are the alarming scenarios like swift-moving flood waters, a loved one unable to get home, and leaving behind pets during evacuation.
You can’t control the weather or when the next disaster will hit, but you can be aware and prepared. Get Ready Queensland helps you to take 3 simple steps to protect what’s most important to you.
STEP 1: Understand your risk. Your first step to being ready is to find out what, when, and where a disaster might happen, how severe it could potentially be, and if you would be affected. And whether you’re a homeowner or renter, check your insurance policies to see what you’re covered for.
STEP 2: Prepare a household emergency plan. An emergency and evacuation plan will ensure everyone in your household knows exactly what to do if the worst happens. You might want to involve your neighbours in developing your plan – neighbours who are elderly or have special needs may need your assistance.
STEP 3: Pack an emergency kit. If, as a result of a natural disaster, you are unable to leave your home for an extended period, your emergency kit should contain a collection of essential items that will equip your household for at least three days of isolation. Or you can add additional supplies to create a comprehensive kit to ensure you are extensively covered for a longer period. Your kit should be kept in a sturdy waterproof container and stored in a safe place in your home.
For more information visit: www.getready.qld.gov.au/get-prepared/3-steps-get-ready
The Gympie Regional Council Dashboard provides links to disaster management agencies – http://disaster.gympie.qld.gov.au/
Cooloola Coast Community Local Disaster Management Support Group Update
CCCLDMSG members recently attended training in the Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements, Introduction to Evacuation & Evacuation Centre Management in the Rainbow Beach Community Hall in preparation for the summer season. This training was delivered by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
CCCLDMSG Meet: Quarterly on the 1st Tuesday of the Month
Would you like to know more? Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7 December in the Cooloola Cove Veterans & Community Hall Starting 9.30am or contact Terry Steele on 0439862264