Burdekin residents will have a one-stop spot for all their emergency needs at the Get Ready Burdekin Family Fun Day on Saturday.
Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group chairman and Mayor Bill Lowis said there would be plenty of information and free items to be collected or won at the event being held this Saturday (October 31) from 10am-2pm at the Ayr Showgrounds.
“There also will be lots of free activities for families to enjoy,” he said.
“It is important that everyone is aware of how to prepare for extreme weather, especially those new to our region.
“The Get Ready Burdekin Family Fun Day provides residents with all the information and advice needed to prepare their families, pets and home.
“We haven’t had a cyclone impact on the Burdekin for quite a while and sometimes complacency may set in, but cyclones and flooding are an inevitable part of living in the north and everyone needs to be prepared.
“By taking the time to be prepared, our community is more informed and resilient in the event of a cyclone or flooding.”
Cr Lowis said there also would be emergency services displays, market stalls, free sausage sizzle, refreshments, laser skirmish, petting zoo, jumping castle and sand art.
“There will be emergency services stalls, evacuation zone maps, information guides and Council will have a stall to help you know what to do with your pets in times of disaster,” he said.
“We also have the Bureau of Meteorology’s Mario Torrisi and Mats Einerman on hand to explain what cyclones are and answer any questions.”
Cr Lowis said there were plenty of giveaways on the day as well.
“Council has bags which include brochures, cyclone tracking map, power banks for mobile devices, rain ponchos, waterproof pouches for phones and a credit card USB preloaded with checklists and facts sheets and still has plenty of room for residents to store important documents,” he said.
“Residents attending the event have to chance to win an Australian Red Cross hand turbine AM/FM shortwave radio which has a USB smart phone charger, LED flashlight, glow in the dark locator and headphone jack and a Blackout buddy which is a water-activated emergency light that lasts 72 hours.
“Residents also have the chance to win a portable 3.6kVa generator on the day.
“The winners of the Survey and Social Media competitions will also be announced at the event.”
Residents can win one of five iPod Touch by filling out a survey that can be found on Council’s website, Libraries or Council’s Customer Service Centre.
There are also five iPod Touch units to be won by Burdekin residents on Facebook or Twitter. Just tell us or show us with a picture what you’ve done to Get Ready for the Cyclone Season and include the hashtag #getreadyburdekin. Entrants must live in the Burdekin Council area. The Competition closes Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Community Information>Emergency Information page of Council’s website.