10-16 October 2022 is Get Ready Week, which is the perfect time of year to prepare yourself and your family for dangerous weather events, associated with the summer storm season. Cr Melinda Jones, Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group said, “It is important that North Burnett communities are well prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for them this summer. When it comes to extreme weather events in the North Burnett, it’s not a matter of if, but when, and with third La Nina upon us, it’s more important than ever to get ready”. “Get Ready Queensland Week is about everyone in the community doing their part to ensure their families, neighbours and communities are ready and resilient as can be”.
Residents can make sure they are prepared, by completing the three steps to Get Ready, which includes understanding your risk, developing a plan and packing a kit to supply your household in case your local roads are cut off. Being prepared for severe weather events doesn’t just better protect individuals and their households during a disaster, research shows that people who have undertaken disaster preparation activities also recover more quickly.
“This Get Ready Week, Council has a number of Emergency Kits, solar power banks and portable radios available to give to prepared residents! Complete the entry form on Council’s website from Monday, 10 October until Sunday, 16 October to be in the running to receive some of this handy gear!” Cr Jones said.
Council is dedicated to helping people prepare for and navigate dangerous weather conditions, by providing information and physical support, coordinated by the Local Disaster Management Group. Council regularly updates a wide range of information regarding dangerous weather and disaster management, which can be accessed on the Emergency Dashboard, on Council’s website.
The Emergency Dashboard can be found on Council’s website at emergency.northburnett.qld.gov.au and offers information such as Queensland Government and local government road closures, flood maps, flood camera data and BOM updates. Residents can also opt in to receive alerts regarding news and river heights. Make it a habit to check the Emergency Dashboard during times of bad weather and stay tuned to Council’s social media posts, for information which will help keep you and your family safe.
Go to www.getready.qld.gov.au to find out more information about the three steps you can take to Get Ready.
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