Be pre­pared for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters

Central and North Rural Weekly - - WEATHER / INSIDE -

WHEN it comes to ex­treme weather events in Queens­land, it’s not a mat­ter of ‘if’ it will hap­pen, but ‘when’.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment and Fish­eries Mark Furner said over the past week Queens­land had al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced un­prece­dented bush­fires, and more ex­treme weather events were likely over the sum­mer pe­riod.

He urged pri­mary pro­duc­ers to be pre­pared in case of ma­jor weather events.

“Although fore­casts in­di­cate that fewer cy­clones may de­velop this sea­son, it only takes one to cause se­vere dam­age,” Mr Furner said.

“By tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive steps early, you can re­duce the risk of dam­age and fi­nan­cial loss from dis­as­ters, and po­ten­tially save lives.

“Get­ting ready now can save you a lot of heartache after a dis­as­ter event and aid in your post-dis­as­ter re­cov­ery.

“We have a wealth of in­for­ma­tion to help land­hold­ers pre­pare for de­struc­tive weather.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on pre­par­ing for a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter con­tact visit www.busi­ness.qld.gov.au, www.ge­tready.qld.gov.au or www.daf.qld.gov.au.

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