Local residents urged to prepare early with a home emergency plan. Gladstone Regional Council issued its natural disasters and emergencies guide ‘Ready?’ last week and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is due to release its annual cyclone outlook this week.
Ongoing dry, windy weather and warm temperatures are contributing to a very high fire risk in many regions of the country.
With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to consider how your family would deal with an emergency situation and put some plans in place.
Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers is urging residents to prepare early.
“Making a home emergency plan isn’t hard, but ideally requires everyone’s input so they’re aware and know exactly what’s required,” Councillor Sellers said.
“Don’t leave it until the last minute to prepare because chances are you’ll rush and forget something.
“Easy tasks such as buying extra supplies and securing your home can make a huge difference.”
Cr Sellers said it was important to determine a safety shelter to go to, how to stay in touch if your family is separated and what to do in different emergency situations.
Keep your plan in your emergency kit and make sure everyone has a list of emergency numbers.
For further information, go to https://getready.qld.gov.au/what-if/emergency-plan or www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/emergencyplanchecklist.asp