Get ready for storm and bushfire season

13 October 2020

With the summer storm season fast approaching, Gold Coasters are being reminded to get ready.

Mayor Tom Tate urged the community to fully prepare for the pending storm and bushfire season by assembling emergency kits, getting their homes ready and having a plan in place.

“Recent figures from the insurance industry and the SES showed the Gold Coast had the highest number of claims and call outs in relation to storms,” he said.

“Disasters can occur anywhere, anytime and we know that being prepared is our best protection against the unpredictable.”

Mayor Tate said there are many ways you can prepare for a natural disaster or emergency event, including creating an emergency kit and plan for your household.

“Check that your emergency plan; pet emergency plan and emergency kit are up-to-date and ready. Think about different disasters, like a storm or a bushfire, and how you can prepare.

In light of Covid19, the community is being reminded to include items like hand sanitiser, disposable tissues, face masks and disinfectant wipes in their emergency kits this year.

“To prepare your home for storms, check your roof and gutters - make sure they are in good condition and clear of any leaves or tree branches. To prepare for a bushfire, clean gutters, trim overhanging branches, cut back bushes and check water systems, pumps and generators are working with adequate fuel supplies.”

Mayor Tate said the City’s disaster management centre and its staff are well prepared for the coming storm season, with regular exercises conducted and plans in place.

“The community also needs to play its part and prepare as best they can.”

For information on how to prepare your home, create an emergency plan and pack an emergency kit, pick up a free copy of the Preparing for Natural Disasters and Emergency Eventsguide at libraries and Customer Service Centres or go online at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready

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