Students learn importance of summer storm safety

3 November 2015

Storm season is here and it’s time to ‘get ready’ Gold Coast.

Mayor Tom Tate today launched Get Ready Gold Coast as he joined the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) and the Red Cross at Clover Hill State School to teach children important storm season tips. 

 “The message to our children is – don’t play in the drains. Stormwater drains are no place to play, even if it’s not raining,” Cr Tate said.

Mayor Tate said the education program also covered the importance of getting ready for storm season and creating a resilient community.

“Living on the Gold Coast we’re all vulnerable to the risks of storms, bushfires and flooding and they don’t discriminate. We know from years of experience that there are easy steps we can take to keep ourselves, our families, pets and properties safe.

“Prepare written emergency and evacuation plans; pack an emergency kit; and make a list of emergency contacts and keep it handy,” he said.

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.

“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.

“This can help take the load off our SES (State Emergency Service) volunteers to continue their important front-line work.

“In a flood situation, there is no such thing as taking a calculated risk as conditions can change very quickly. It’s just not worth the risk. If it’s flooded, forget it,” Cr Tate said.

“If you see anyone caught in a stormwater drain or flash flood, phone Queensland Fire and Rescue Service on 000 immediately,” he said.

Experience has shown the Gold Coast is recognised as a hot spot for swift water rescues. Last year, QFES conducted double the annual average of swift water rescues in its South East Region. We want to make sure people know the ways to stay safe.

Residents can pick up a free ‘Disaster Management at Home’ guide and waterproof document wallet at our libraries and customer service centres.

For more information on preparing an emergency kit and disaster preparedness visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready

 

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