Get Ready Burdekin, cyclone season is fast approaching

Get Ready Burdekin, cyclone season is fast approaching and now is the time to begin your preparations.

The Burdekin Shire Council will hold a community stall in Queen Street, Ayr, this Saturday (19/10/13), as part of the Get Ready Queensland campaign.

Get Ready Burdekin organiser Eileen Robinson said the stall would be used to promote resilience within the local community should a natural disaster occur.

“We will have posters to give away and we also will display a selection of products which can be collected at the Get Ready Burdekin Day,” she said.

“We will also have copies of the disaster preparedness survey available for people to fill out.

“This survey will provide an insight as to just how prepared our community is should a natural disaster occur.

“And one lucky resident will win a 3.6kVA portable generator just by filling out the survey.”

Surveys can be completed online via Council’s website or can be collected from the Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr and newsagents. Surveys need to be completed and returned to the Council Chambers by Thursday October 24, 2013 if not completed online.

Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group chairman Bill Lowis said the Get Ready Burdekin Day would be held in ANZAC Park on Saturday, October 26, from noon to 4pm.

Cr Lowis said the day would include five workshops in which the community could participate and lots of free activities for families to enjoy.

“It is important that everyone is aware of how to prepare for extreme weather, especially those new to our region,” he said.

“Get Ready Burdekin will be a day where residents can have a bit of fun with the family as well as learn a few things about preparing for cyclones or flooding.

“Cyclones and flooding are an inevitable part of living in the north and we cannot afford to become complacent about the dangers they present.

“The Queensland Government has allocated funding for this event in an effort to make our community safer and to help us bounce back more quickly after a natural disaster.”

 

Cr Lowis said there also would be Emergency Services displays, market stalls, refreshments, rock-wall climbing, face painting and a jumping castle.

The five workshops available for the community to participate in are:

    • Emergency Kits – What should be in one? Win an Emergency Kit (Emergency Management Queensland)
    • Pets in Disasters – How to take care of your pets in severe weather. Win a three-day pet survival kit (Council)
    • Kids Corner – Colouring- in, painting, drawing (Ayr Ambulance Committee)
    • Evacuation Routes – Where is your home on the map and would you know what to do if you had to evacuate? Win a generator (Council)
    • Sand Bags – Sandbagging and correct techniques to save your property (State Emergency Service)

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