MORE than 80 per cent of the Gold Coast has been classified ‘high risk’ for severe thunderstorms, according to new data released today by Suncorp Insurance as part of a new campaign to help residents prepare for storm season.
The data identified more than 175 suburbs at ‘high risk’ of storm activity, but the figures have not been released to alarm residents – instead to inform them about the risks they can face during summer storms.
In order to help Gold Coast residents prepare for summer storms, Suncorp Insurance today launching its ‘Resilience Week’ campaign – aimed at encouraging everyone throughout the state to be informed and prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us.
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Suncorp Insurance spokesperson, Melissa Cronin, said the organisation is not sharing this information to alarm residents on the Glitter Strip.
“We’re doing this so Gold Coast residents are informed of the risks, and can take appropriate action in and around their home,” Ms Cronin said.
“We know about storms and cyclones – and we know what you can do to protect your homes and families, so we’re sharing the tips so everyone can be prepared.”
Each day this week, Suncorp Insurance will provide helpful tips and information on its Facebook page, and Gold Coast residents are encouraged to share their preparation plans for the upcoming storm season on the page too.
Ms Cronin, said the organisation wanted to encourage Gold Coast residents to take the initiative, get involved and ensure they are prepared.
“Queensland’s summer weather is unpredictable. As we’ve seen all too frequently over the past few years, summer storms can cause a lot of damage. So it definitely pays to be prepared, and we want to help Gold Coast residents do that,” Ms Cronin said.
“We’re hoping the information we’ve provided today, coupled with the tips and hints we’ll be providing throughout our ‘Resilience Week’, will help Gold Coast residents prepare for the summer storm season,” Ms Cronin said.
Ms Cronin encouraged everyone on the Gold Coast to get onboard ‘Resilience Week’ and visit www.facebook.com/SuncorpInsurance for information on how they can be prepared for summer storms.
“We want everyone to get involved,” she said. “Be informed, be prepared and be resilient.”