GOLD COASTERS are being urged to get storm ready, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting several cyclones will form off Queensland’s east coast this storm season.
Launching RACQ Get Ready Week, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said a slightly delayed start was forecast, but the dangers remain.
“We’re doing all we can to make Queensland a safer place, but it’s hard to account for Mother Nature,” Mr Crisafulli said.
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“The Bureau of Meteorology has indicated around four cyclones will form this storm season and at least one could cross the coast, so now is the time for Queenslanders to prepare.
“Flooding is likely to be less widespread than previous years, but it should always be expected somewhere in Queensland every year, so early preparation is crucial.
“This extreme weather can not only devastate families, but can harm businesses and the economy, which makes getting ready even more important.”
Mr Crisafulli said families across Queensland should start by preparing an emergency plan.
“It is too late to start planning when a disaster is at your doorstep,” he said.
“Make sure you have an emergency kit with enough food, water, and supplies to last at least three days.
“Also think about where you would go and who you would contact if you had to evacuate.”
Bureau of Meteorology Qld Regional Director Rob Webb said Queenslanders shouldn’t be complacent.
“Each summer brings increased risk with it. With increased temperatures, there is increased energy in the atmosphere – this fuels tropical cyclone activity, an increase in the number of severe thunderstorms and likelihood of flooding,” Mr Webb said.
“We’ve seen severe cyclones impact the coast in similar years so it’s important to make sure you’re ready if this year is your year.”
To launch the week, various community organisations are being stationed at King George Square in a pop-up town scenario, to mimic the size of the response needed on the ground after a natural disaster.
RACQ Executive General Manager Paul Turner said RACQ would partner with the State Government to help Queenslanders get ready, and the pop-up town was a prime opportunity for locals to get the tips they need.
“RACQ has been helping Queenslanders for more than 100 years with everything from roadside assistance, insurance, road condition reporting and so much more,” Mr Turner said.
“We are very proud to help Queenslanders Get Ready so they can protect themselves from future disasters.”