Gold Coasters are being urged to prepare a slightly different emergency kit as we get ready for the summer storm and bushfire season.
Mayor Tom Tate said now is the time for the community to get their homes ready and have a plan in place.
“Recent figures from the insurance industry and the SES showed the Gold Coast had the highest number of claims and call outs in relation to storms,” he said.
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“Disasters can occur anywhere, anytime and we know that being prepared is our best protection against the unpredictable.”
QFES Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Rosman said emergency kits should look a little different this year.
“This year we are looking at a COVID environment,” she said.
“Add some hand sanitiser, add some face masks, add some gloves because you don’t know exactly where you’ll end up in this situation.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that Queensland could be in for more rain, storms and possibly cyclones this year as we enter a La Nina period.
“Going into a La Nina year .. we will be in a wetter environment,” Ms Rosman said.
“Contrary to popular belief the Gold Coast is not immune to cyclones so we do need to prepare ourselves in the event that we do see a cyclone.”
Mayor Tom Tate said the city’s Disaster Management team was ready for the summer season.
“We’re stockpiling quite a lot of sand up at The Spit,” the Mayor said.
“We’ve done exercises on how to handle disasters in a COVID-safe manner.
“There’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes.”
The Mayor also said the City has been working closely with Telstra to send out automatic text messages to locals if they are in a danger zone.
“We’ve worked together with Telstra to be able to send out texts in specifics areas,” Cr Tate said.
“If you’re homes are in the front line of being flooded, it will be those people getting a message, not city-wide.
“It’s a bit more of a targeted type of message not a shotgun approach.”