Burdekin Shire residents to Get Ready for disaster season

This week is Get Ready Queensland Week and Burdekin Shire Council is urging residents to check their ‘WHAT-IF?’ plans and get ready for the upcoming disaster season.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Get Ready Queensland Week, this 8-15 October, was the perfect time to get thinking about how to prepare for any surprises summer may have in store.

“I encourage all residents to visit our Get Ready Burdekin display in the foyer of Council’s Customer Service Centre in Young Street, Ayr,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We’ll have a range of useful resources, including posters, Get Ready guides and cyclone tracking maps, on display for the duration of the week.

“It is vital that every household has a ‘WHAT-IF’ plan. This week, take the time to ask yourself what are you and your family going to do if a cyclone, bushfire, flood or other disaster strikes.”

Since 2011, Queensland has been hit by more than 50 significant natural disasters resulting in devastating loss of life and more than $14 billion in damage to public infrastructure.

Cr McLaughlin said when it came to extreme weather events in Queensland, it was not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

“The best time to prepare for a disaster is well before one is even on its way. Planning well means nothing is left to chance and that everyone knows what they need to do and where things are,” she said.

The 2017-18 the Get Ready Queensland program is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, the state’s permanent disaster recovery agency.

Learn more about preparing yourself, your family and property from disasters by visiting www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/be-prepared or by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

More information on Get Ready Queensland Week is available at qld.gov.au/getready.

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