Be prepared for when the worst of summer hits

Queenslanders are being urged not to wait until they are caught in the middle of a summer storm to wish they were better prepared.


Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey today launched the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) and NRMA Insurance Weather the Storm campaign, saying the best time to prepare for an emergency was now.


“Queenslanders are no strangers to severe weather and we know all too well that it can strike at any time, without much warning and with the potential to be very destructive,” Mr Dempsey said.


“Last storm season, some people were caught unprepared and did not have the supplies and equipment they needed.


“The aim today is to ensure every Queenslander can weather the storm this summer by planning ahead.”


Emergency Management Queensland Assistant (EMQ) Director-General Bruce Grady said there were a few simple preparations all Queenslanders could take ahead of storm season.


“These simple actions will ensure you are calmer and feel more in control when severe weather strikes,” Mr Grady said.


“You can get the whole family involved in preparing an emergency plan and a home emergency kit, filling it with all the essentials you will need in an emergency.


“Being storm prepared also means venturing outside to do some simple maintenance around the home and yard.


“It is also crucial for all family members to familiarise themselves with storm warnings and how to access vital information and updates in the event of a severe weather event.”


NRMA Insurance Community and Sustainability Manager Megan Lupton said by carrying out simple preparations now, Queenslanders could significantly improve their ability to cope during a storm.


“Planning ahead and ensuring you have those important items like food, water and medication on hand will make sure you wait out a storm in relative comfort, rather than struggling to get by without the essentials,” Ms Lupton said.


“Now is the time to think about what you need to do to be more self-sufficient.”


If you are not sure where to begin in your storm preparations, visit the storm wise website at www.stormwise.com.au.


The Queensland SES is proudly supported by NRMA Insurance.


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