Queensland, it's time to 'Get Ready'

Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey today urged south east Queensland residents to get ready for this summer’s forces of nature in the leadup to the storm and cyclone season.

“On any given day, all Queenslanders could be faced with the threat of storm, cyclone or even bushfires but it’s ultimately up to us how we weather the storm and prepare ourselves,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Last year many Queenslanders, including some in Brisbane, were once again mopping up their homes after the widespread devastating floods in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

“It’s up to everyone to ensure nobody is caught off guard by preparing our homes and families so emergency crews can be directed where they will do the most good.”

Mr Dempsey said dedicated State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers were out in force handing out important ‘Get Ready’ information and sandbags to commuters passing through King George Square, in an effort to build community resilience.

He said once again the Queensland SES and NRMA Insurance were joining forces to help people get ready for severe weather.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton stressed that preparation was key to weathering a storm safely.

“We know that many Queenslanders have previously admitted they don’t adequately prepare their homes or have those important items like food, water and medication on hand to make sure they can wait out a storm safely and comfortably,” Ms Lupton said.

“We are also aware that more than half of Queensland home insurance claims last year were storm-related and much of this damage could have been avoided with some simple maintenance around the home.

“While we cannot control the weather, residents can prepare their home at this time of year and it could save a lot of the heartache that comes with water damage.

“The best time to prepare for a storm is when you are not in the middle of one.”

For further information and resources on how to prepare for disaster visit http://www.stormwise.com.au/