Queenslanders urged to Get Ready for storm season

With the storm season just around the corner the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Queenslanders to be prepared at the Get Ready Queensland Week (8-14 October) launch in Brisbane.

The launch coincided with the Bureau of Meteorology’s Cyclone and Severe Weather Outlook and Palaszczuk also launched the Queensland State Disaster Management Plan. “We know from experience that informed and prepared residents and communities are able to respond to and recover from disasters more quickly than those who don’t. It only takes one flood, one fire or one storm to impact a community and being prepared can save households from damage, destruction or even loss of life.”

NIBA Queensland Divisional Commitee Chairman, Steven Hill from Brisbane ensures that he gets in touch with clients for storm season and reminds them to be aware and prepared for the season. He believes, “Its the simple things people sometimes forget and it is good practice for brokers to talk to clients about checking and maintaining their premises in preparation for the storm season.”

Bureau of Meteorology State Manager Bruce Gunn said severe thunderstorm activity increases in Queensland during spring and summer, typically peaking between October and December. “Brisbane is particularly prone to severe thunderstorms and sees significantly more severe thunderstorm days than any other capital city in Australia,” Gunn said.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Cameron Dick said preparation was the key to protecting families and communities in a disaster. “We can’t always predict where and when a disaster will happen, but what we do know is that in a state like Queensland, it will
happen,” Dick said.

“Get Ready Queensland Week is a chance for Queenslanders to think about their families, homes and businesses, and what steps we can take to help keep them safe.”

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the Queensland State Disaster Management Plan positions our state as a national leader in managing natural disasters.

“Recent events have demonstrated how disasters can severely affect our communities, the economy and the environment, so it’s important that we are all prepared and ready to respond and implement recovery arrangements when needed,” Crawford said.

“The plan provides guidance to local and district disaster management groups, both of which perform vital roles in effectively managing disasters in Queensland.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said strong disaster planning was critical to build a safe and resilient Queensland Community. “Queensland agencies continue to work closely together to ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters,” she said.