Oct 04, 2016

Disaster season preparations

Disaster season preparations The aftermath of king tides at Carmila Beach in 2010.

A Central Queensland shire is getting ready for the worst.

‘What-if’, is the question.

That relates to fire, flood and cyclonic winds.

The issues are being raised in the lead up to  RACQ Get Ready Week, October 10-16.

Queensland is at increased risk of natural disasters from November to April, Local Disaster Management Group Chair and Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said.

“Isaac is susceptible to bushfires, flooding, tropical cyclones, road closures and service outages to name a few,” Cr Baker said.

“In recent years we have seen how quickly natural disasters can arise, and how devastating and widespread their impacts can be.

“RACQ Get Ready Week is an important reminder to get prepared now by tidying up gardens, cleaning gutters and making sure insurances are up to date.

“Prepare a household emergency plan and put together your evacuation and emergency kit – could your family last for three days without food and water if disaster struck tomorrow?

“There are lots of ways you can prepare, but the easiest way is to visit the Get Ready website www.getready.qld.gov.au for great tips and factsheets.

“As a community, if we each do a little, we all accomplish a lot. The more prepared we are, the faster we’ll bounce back afterwards.”

In the event of a disaster, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather updates, contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 for flood and storm assistance, and dial triple zero (000) for life-threatening emergencies.