Burdekin residents urged to Get Ready

Burdekin residents are being urged to get ready for the fast approaching cyclone season.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had set up an information display at the Young Street Chambers to provide people with knowledge of how to be prepared.

“Council is offering our residents the opportunity to come in and view flood mapping of the Shire as well as collect a Disaster Information bag and a cyclone tracking map,” she said.

“We haven’t had an event since 2012 so it is important we don’t get complacent and are prepared for any severe weather event.

“If our community is prepared then we will be able to recover more quickly if we are faced with a disaster.”

Cr McLaughlin said residents also had the opportunity to win a Pet Evacuation kit.

“We have two Pet Evacuation Kits – one for a dog and one for a cat – on display so people can see what should be packed for their pets and these can be won.

“All you have to do to win one of these kits is to fill out survey and you’ll receive an entry ticket.

“There will be an opportunity for Home Hill residents to enter the competition at the upcoming Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on Saturday, November 5.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council had received a $13,359 grant for the Get Ready activities from the State Government’s 2016-17 RACQ Get Ready Queensland Funding Program.

“We are very grateful to the State Government for these funds which help Council educate our residents about disaster events and build resilience in our community,” she said.

The Get Ready display will be in place at the Council Chambers until the beginning of December.

For more information about how to Get Ready go to Council’s website at www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/services/emergency-services or visit the Get Ready Queensland site at https://getready.qld.gov.au/.

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