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Insurers help Queensland prepare for natural disasters

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CGU and NRMA Insurance today launched a new education program to help Queensland communities better prepare for natural disasters, in support of the Queensland Government’s Get Ready initiative.

The CGU and NRMA Insurance education program will form part of Australia’s high-school business studies curriculum, educating students about the importance of understanding their local risks, anticipating what could happen, and making effective preparations.

Distributed through a range of online channels, the CGU and NRMA Insurance education program has been designed to provide instructional information and foster a new mindset to help Queensland communities bounce back more quickly after a natural disaster.

CGU and NRMA Insurance have also provided additional materials to the Queensland Department of Community Safety, which have been distributed to all of Emergency Management Queensland’s regional networks. These materials provide helpful information to Queenslanders on insurance and extreme weather events.

Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey welcomed the new education program.

“I am greatly encouraged by CGU and NRMA Insurance’s determination to help support Queensland communities understand the risks they face and the steps they can take to prepare for natural disasters,” Minister Dempsey said.

“Insurers such as CGU and NRMA Insurance can play an integral role in helping to make our communities safer and more resilient.”

CGU General Manager Claims Donna Walker underlined the need for all Australians to better understand natural disaster risks and the importance of preparation.

“Many Queenslanders have experienced first-hand the devastation caused by recent natural disasters. Whilst we can’t predict the future, there are many things we can do to prepare for and reduce the impact of extreme weather events,” Ms Walker said.

“Our role as insurers goes beyond paying insurance claims. We want to help individuals and communities become safer and more resilient. A key part of this is to help the next generation who play an increasing role in helping safeguard our communities,” she said.

“CGU wholly supports the Queensland Government’s initiative to help Queenslanders get ready.”

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton stressed that preparation is key to weathering natural perils safely.

“Through increased education and awareness of the risks in a community, people can better prepare their homes and potentially save a lot of the heartache that follows the impact of natural perils,” Ms Lupton said.

“As we know, the best time to prepare for a major weather event is when you are not in the middle of one.”

For more information about Get Ready Week please visit www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready/ 

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Natalie Pennisi, 0411 010 786, natalie.pennisi@cgu.com.au 

About NRMA and CGU Insurance

NRMA Insurance and CGU Insurance are part of Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and offer personal and business insurance products in Australia.

NRMA Insurance has been operating for 88 years and offers a range of personal insurance products such as comprehensive motor insurance, home and contents insurance, comprehensive third party insurance, home security, lifestyle and leisure insurance and business insurance. They manage the insurance needs of millions of customers in New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. www.nrma.com.au

CGU Insurance Limited is the largest provider of general insurance to Australia’s regional and rural communities, a leading workers’ compensation provider and one of Australia’s leading commercial insurers. CGU offers a comprehensive range of commercial, rural and personal insurance products through a network of over 1,000 insurance brokers and authorised representatives. CGU has been operating in Australia for 160 years and is part of Insurance Australia Group (IAG).

New initiative for a ready and resilient Queensland

Get Ready Queensland

Queensland will become Australia’s most resilient state through an initiative aimed at not only preparing for disasters, but ensuring life gets back to normal as quickly as possible.

Announcing a new Get Ready Queensland campaign today, Premier Campbell Newman said the initiative will harness the skills, knowledge and tenacity of individuals, businesses, councils, not-for-profit organisations and community groups, ensuring the whole community plays their part in preparing for disasters.

“Queensland is a great state with a great climate and lifestyle but we all know that part of living in Queensland means from time to time we have to deal with floods, cyclones, severe storms and bushfires,” Mr Newman said.

“We have responded to past disasters with a high level of resilience but our traditional response needs to evolve.

“We need to stop spending billions of dollars rebuilding everything after a disaster and adopt a more proactive approach that ensures we are not only well prepared for severe weather events, but that we take steps to minimise their effects so we can bounce back quickly.”

Mr Newman said everyone had a role to play in the new initiative.

“This is not about the government telling people what to do,” he said.

“Being disaster resilient means different things to different communities. This is about knowing your own local risks, anticipating what sorts of things could happen in your local area, and making a plan for what you and your family will do if it happens.

“In the end, it’s really up to each individual to play their part to make sure they are ready to cope with whatever nature throws at us.

“Our police and emergency services are among the best in the world when it comes to disaster management, but it will take a collective effort from all of us to develop the sort of resilience we need to keep our community safe and our economy strong in the long term.

“Businesses, community groups, sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations all have a really important role to play helping their own members and staff to get better prepared and to develop their own emergency plans.”

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said the initiative would include a new communications campaign aimed at encouraging people to build their own resilience ‘step-by-step’, as well as a funding program to help councils deliver local resilience-building events during a statewide week of activities from October 14 to 20, 2013.

“We’ll be encouraging everyone to get involved in October and do something to get themselves, their families, neighbours, businesses, clubs or community groups, prepared and ready for the summer wet season,” Mr Dempsey said.

“This will include $2 million in funding for local councils to run their own community events promoting the Get Ready message.

“This is just the first step in a multi-year initiative that will see us become the most disaster resilient state in Australia.

“It will take a collective effort from all of us to make that happen, but teamwork, tenacity and toughness are hallmarks of the Queensland character and I’m confident we can do it.

Bunning’s is one of many corporate partners supporting the Get Ready Queensland campaign and will be providing advice to customers about the items they should have in their emergency kit.

Bunning’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Davis, said Bunning’s team members are prepared for the storm season and are encouraging local families to also have a plan in place.

“Having all the vital items is key. Bunning’s team members can provide practical advice on how to prepare for storms, and all of our Queensland stores will be supporting Get Ready QLD Week from the 14th to 20th October,” he said.

“This will be supported through in-store product displays of emergency supplies, as well as brochures and checklists to assist with preparation. All Bunning’s stores work closely with local authorities to ensure we are prepared to support the community should it be needed.”

Media Release: Premier The Honourable Campbell Newman and Minister for Police and Community Safety The Honourable Jack Dempsey, Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Media Contacts: Alexandra Foley 0418 256 910 or Danny Donald 0439 719 116