Get ready be­fore it’s too late, Queens­land

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WITH storm sea­son just around the cor­ner, res­i­dents in the re­gion are en­cour­aged to pre­pare be­fore it is too late.

A team of ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate lo­cal stu­dents known as the Epic Evac­u­a­tors have been work­ing tire­lessly to spread im­por­tant dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness mes­sages in en­gag­ing for­mats.

Over re­cent years Queen­lan­ders have been dev­as­tated by the de­struc­tion of storm surges and not be­ing pre­pared.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment port­fo­lio spokesman Cr David Batt said the Epic Evac­u­a­tors had re­ceived fund­ing un­der the Get Ready Go ini­tia­tive which was jointly funded by the coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment RACQ Get Ready Queens­land pro­gram.

“Get Ready Go aims to raise aware­ness about dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness through dig­i­tal plat­forms, with mes­sag­ing pre­pared by young peo­ple, for young peo­ple,” Cr Batt said.

“A group of lo­cal pri­mary and high school stu­dents have been work­ing to­gether over re­cent months to pro­duce and voice an an­i­mated video about the im­por­tance of be­ing pre­pared for evac­u­a­tion.”

Cr Batt said the de­but screen­ing of the video would take place at a com­mu­nity launch in Alexan­dra Park from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 11 as part of Get Ready Week.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to come along and sup­port the Epic Evac­u­a­tors for their ter­rific work on this project and also take the op­por­tu­nity to ab­sorb the all-im­por­tant mes­sag­ing be­hind the an­i­ma­tion which is to al­ways be pre­pared for a dis­as­ter.

“Emer­gency ser­vices and coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be on hand to pro­vide vi­tal in­for­ma­tion to res­i­dents about how best to pre­pare for dis­as­ters.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, in­clud­ing pre­par­ing an evac­u­a­tion kit and an emer­gency plan, head to bund­aberg.qld.gov.au and look for ‘Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment’ un­der the ‘Res­i­dents and Com­mu­nity’ tab.

Floods can oc­cur al­most any­where in Queens­land and can rise over days, or in min­utes in a ‘flash flood’.

Don’t en­ter flood­wa­ter, ei­ther on foot or in a ve­hi­cle.

Water 30cm deep could sweep you off your feet or sweep your car off the road.

Flooded roads can conceal ob­jects be­neath the water or dam­aged roads, so if it’s flooded, for­get it.

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