Get Ready Gold Coast - wild weather predicted for summer

13 October 2016

Mayor Tom Tate urged Gold Coasters to Get Ready for the summer storm season as he launched RACQ Get Ready with Queensland State Emergency Service (SES), Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) today at Bunnings Warehouse, Oxenford.

Mayor Tate said the education campaign encourages people to Get Ready and helps to build a resilient community.

“While we avoided significant weather damage last summer, we can’t be complacent and must remain prepared as the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavier storms, heat waves and more flash flooding throughout the coming storm season,” he said.

“We know from years of experience that there are easy steps we can take to keep ourselves, our families, pets and property safe. Prepare written emergency and evacuation plans; pack an emergency kit; and make a list of emergency contacts and keep it handy.

“Of course, we all hope we’ll never need to use an emergency kit or to evacuate our homes, but extreme weather is part of our lives and as a community, our best protection is to be prepared.”

“We’re working with emergency services and a number of local businesses, including Bunnings, who are supporting the Get Ready campaign with in store displays and shopping lists to help you pack your emergency kit,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

Bunnings Warehouse Oxenford Complex Manager, Mike Toby said Bunnings stores across the Gold Coast are excited to be a part of the Get Ready Campaign.

“The team are looking forward to providing advice and helping raise awareness on how to prepare for emergencies such as cyclones, storms and bushfires,” Mr Toby said.

Jayd Woolard from the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) said the more prepared we are, the faster we'll bounce back as a community afterwards.

“Unfortunately plenty of people leave it too late to get their emergency plans in place. Knowing what to do before, during and after a natural disaster can help reduce the effects on yourself, your family and your home. And by being better prepared, we can help take the strain off the SES so the focus is on those who need help the most,” said Mr Woolard.

“And remember, if it’s flooded forget it. If you are caught or you see someone stuck in a flash flood, phone Queensland Fire and Rescue Service on 000,” he said.

For more information pick up a copy of the Community Disaster Guide at local libraries and customer service centres or visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready

A series of multilingual videos and guides are also available cityofgoldcoast.com.au/otherlanguages

Background

The Queensland Government established the RACQ Get Ready Queensland grant program to help us become the most disaster resilient state in Australia. For 2016–2017 the Queensland Government has provided City of Gold Coast with funding to deliver a program to engage local communities to build resilience against future disaster events. RACQ Get Ready Queensland week runs from 10–16 October 2016. The Get Ready Gold Coast program will continue until April 2017.

Essential items to include in an emergency kit are non-perishable food and water, personal hygiene items and medications, torch and extra batteries, communications such as radio and batteries, phone charger and pre-paid phone cards, important documents and first aid kit.

Photo caption: Mayor Tom Tate with SES Runaway Bay volunteer Linda Clark at Bunnings Oxenford

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