Fire sparks safety re­minder

Res­i­dents urged to Get Ready this week and pre­pare for dis­as­ter

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

AS PART of Get Ready Week, from Oc­to­ber 12 to 18, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil is call­ing on res­i­dents to as­sess their dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness.

Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Group (LDMG) chair, Mayor Mal For­man, said last week’s bush­fire in Kinkuna was a timely re­minder that res­i­dents should be ready for any even­tu­al­ity.

“Get Ready Week is an opportune time to con­sider what you and your fam­ily would do when dis­as­ter strikes,” Cr For­man said.

“Storm and cy­clone sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing and the threat of bush­fire is very real for many ru­ral land­hold­ers fol­low­ing the dry spell the re­gion has ex­pe­ri­enced.

“The LDMG has al­ready be­gun its prepa­ra­tions ahead of this high-risk pe­riod but in­di­vid­ual house­holds need to also take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own emer­gency and evac­u­a­tion plans.”

Cr For­man said res­i­dents should fol­low three key steps to en­sure their fam­ily is pre­pared – plan, pack and lis­ten.

“Ev­ery house­hold should have an emer­gency plan and each mem­ber of the house­hold should be aware of it.

“Take the time now be­fore an emer­gency to de­cide what things you will take and en­sure you con­tact fam­ily or friends in safer lo­ca­tions as part of your evac­u­a­tion plan.

“Pack an emer­gency and evac­u­a­tion kit to en­sure you have all of the emer­gency sup­plies you will re­quire and any valu­ables you’d like to take with you and tune in your bat­tery-pow­ered ra­dio to stay up to date with weather warn­ings and ad­vice.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on pre­par­ing for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, head to bund­aberg.qld.gov.au.

Mayor Mal For­man Storm and cy­clone sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing...

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