The Queensland Government is encouraging everyone across the state to get ready and start preparing now for the imminent storm season.
Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said there were a number of things Queenslanders could do now to be better prepared for any storms or disasters that could impact their communities in the coming months.
“This includes getting to know your neighbours so that you can check on each other – both after a warning is issued to let them know what your plans are and in the aftermath of a disaster to make sure they are safe,” she said.
“Make plans to keep your pets or livestock safe during a disaster. Pets may not be able to go into evacuation shelters and hotels, so consider how you can keep them safe and fed if you need to leave.
“You should also secure your property against damage and ensure your insurance is up to date and that you have sufficient cover to enable you to rebuild your home or replace your goods.
“Finally, make preparations with your family in case you may need to evacuate that take into account possible scenarios – such as a loss of telephone or power services or if you are separated from family members – and how you will respond. Create a checklist.”
The Queensland Government has provided close to $32.4 million in Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme grants to people across the state who were impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding.
Ms Fentiman said the Queensland Government was already working hard to help individuals, communities and organisations be better prepared for storms and disasters.
“For example, we have partnered with the Community Services Industry Alliance to develop the Disaster Management and Recovery Toolkit Supporting and Encouraging the Role of Community-Based Organisations,” she said.
“This toolkit will provide community organisations with guidance and resources on how to plan and prepare for a disaster.
“It means our vital community organisations will be more disaster-prepared and resilient and better placed to support vulnerable people who are affected by any future disasters.”
Ms Fentiman said the Queensland Government had published vital information resources to assist multicultural communities to be disaster-prepared and more resilient.
“The fact sheets are available in a number of different languages along with easy-to-read English and symbolic representations for people with disability or reading difficulties,” she said.
“There are also fact sheets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that include translations in Creole and Wik.”
These resources are available at www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/disaster-recovery-information-languages
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman