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What's your 'What-If' Plan? - Council encourages residents to plan ahead during Get Ready Queensland Week
This week is Get Ready Queensland Week and Council is urging all Maranoa residents to check their ‘WHAT-IF?’ plan and get ready for the upcoming disaster season.
Get Ready Queensland Week is the perfect time to get residents thinking about how they can prepare for any surprises that summer may have in store.
At this time of year, Get Ready Queensland recommends preparing your household by following four steps:
- Prepare your emergency plan
- Prepare your evacuation plan
- Prepare your home
- Tune into warnings.
Mayor Tyson Golder said these steps are key in preparing for the season.
“Talking about what you would do in case of an emergency is a conversation that all families need to have. What items are needed for an emergency, what contact numbers should be written down and accessible, where are all of our important documents, what do we do with the animals?” Cr Golder said.
“By answering these questions and planning ahead, all members of your family will know what to do, and where to go in case of an emergency event.
“I encourage everyone during these discussions, to take a look on the Get Ready Queensland website to learn all you can about planning for an emergency situation. Experience shows that by being prepared, our residents and communities will be able to recover faster, if an event were to take place.”
In addition to these discussions and plans, residents should also ensure they have an up to date emergency kit. Containing a variety of items, this kit may include a torch, fresh water, required medication, non-perishable food and spare batteries (as a minimum). It should also include up to date copies of important documents (either scanned hard-copies, or soft-copies stored on a USB flash drive) in a waterproof bag/holder.
Council is providing waterproof document holders to any resident who would like one – residents can grab their waterproof document holder from Friday, 13 October 2017 at any Customer Service Centre in the Maranoa.
The Get Ready Queensland Week encourages greater community connectedness, an understanding of individual and community risk and vulnerability, planning and procedural preparation and availability of local resources. The Get Ready Queensland 2017-18 program provides local governments across Queensland with $2 million in state funding to help them improve their communities’ resilience.
For more information on how you can get prepared, click here.