The Queensland Government has endorsed a program to position Queensland as Australia’s most disaster resilient state. The RACQ Get Ready Queensland program is an all hazards, resilience building initiative under one brand.

“When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The more prepared we all are, the faster we’ll bounce back afterwards. Resilience is more than being prepared; it’s changing our thinking to accept that extreme weather is a part of our lives,” Mayor Tom Gilmore said.

“In 2014-2015 $1 million is committed in base grants to local governments to encourage local community participation in preparedness and resilience building. Mareeba Shire Council received $7,270 to assist with Disaster preparedness in the region,” Cr Gilmore said.

“Council will be setting up rotating disaster preparedness displays in the libraries focusing on what to do to get ready for cyclone season with magnet collateral distributed to community groups, as well as updating the disaster preparedness booklet and the website with relevant content,” Mayor Gilmore said.

“By preparing ourselves better before disaster hits, we can help take the strain off the SES and let them focus on those who need help the most. There are lots of ways you can get ‘get ready’, but the easiest way is to sign up to One Step at a Time, which is a weekly personalised online program that gives you a simple task to tick off every week, and in 51 weeks, you’ll be ready for anything,” he said.

Funding for local government will help facilitate local-driven initiatives that focus on the individual and community aspects of preparedness and resilience that involve local people offering the best opportunity for the community to be inspired into action.

To register for One Step at a Time go to https://getready.qld.gov.au/register or for help with preparing an Emergency Kit and Evacuation Plan download RACQ Get Ready Queensland fact sheets