It’s that week-Get Ready Queensland Week (8-14 October).
The week aimed at ensuring Queenslanders gear themselves and prepare for the upcoming storm season has been launched in the state’s capital today.
Bureau of Meteorology State Manager Bruce Gunn says severe thunderstorm activity increases in Queensland during spring and summer, typically peaking between October and December.
“The Tropical Cyclone Outlook released today, points to an average to slightly below average season due to the influence of a possible El Niño in the Pacific Ocean, which generally brings warmer and drier conditions to Queensland.”
“Indications for 2018-19 are for a lower than average chance of widespread major flooding but we anticipate major flooding somewhere in Queensland every wet season.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also launched the Queensland State Disaster Management Plan, which outlines how Queensland will prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from disasters.
“We know that Queensland is the most disaster impacted state in Australia, with more than 60 disaster events since 2011.What we want is for the community to check their ‘WHAT IF?’ plan and get ready to respond if a disaster strikes.”
“It only takes one flood, one fire or one storm to impact a community and being prepared can save households from damage, destruction or even loss of life.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll says strong disaster planning was critical to build a safe and resilient Queensland Community.
Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee says it’s important that everyone in the community understood how they could protect themselves and their property in a disaster.
For more information on Get Ready Queensland visit: https://getready.qld.gov.au/
Queensland State Disaster Management Plan: www.disaster.qld.gov.au