When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.
This week is Get Ready Queensland Week (12 to 18 October 2020) which means it’s time for all Queenslanders to Get Ready for the upcoming severe weather season.
Mareeba Shire Council Mayor Angela Toppin is encouraging all residents to take part in the annual initiative and ensure they are well prepared for any surprises the summer months may bring. “While we cannot control the weather or when the next disaster will hit, we need to be aware and more importantly prepared,” Cr Toppin said.
“Get Ready Queensland is a timely reminder to take the necessary steps to protect what is most important to us.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted wetter than average conditions this year due to the formation of a La Niña in the tropical Pacific.
“We are potentially facing an extraordinary summer season with dangers of fires in the leadup to the wet and the La Nina event flagging large amounts of rainfall and an early cyclone season for northern Australia,” Cr Toppin said.
“Now is the time to prepare your household and the community to protect what matters most and help take the pressure off emergency services in the event of a disaster.
“It’s vital everyone has their emergency plan in place and supplies to last at least three days at home if you were to become isolated due to flooding,” Cr Toppin said.
Emergency packs should include plenty of non-perishable food and water; a torch; battery-powered radio, toiletries including tissues and hand sanitiser; face masks; disinfectant wipes; spare batteries, gas cooker, medication, and board games to help pass the time.
Residents are also encouraged to review their current insurance policies to ensure homes and contents insurance cover is up-to-date and provides adequate cover for your unique needs.
For more information on how to get ready, visit getready.qld.gov.au