Mother nature mellows but weather warnings remain
  • Tuesday 07 June 2011

Stay prepared.

That’s the message from Sunshine Coast Council despite reports of an end to Queensland’s recent extreme weather.

Disaster Management Chair, Cr Tim Dwyer said locals should remain alert for possible natural disasters during the coming months.

"The Bureau of Meteorology has announced an end to the La Nina climate phenomenon that brought record breaking rainfalls, devastating floods and cyclones to Queensland but that doesn’t mean that we can afford to become complacent when it comes to mother nature," he said.

"History shows that some of the Sunshine Coast’s heaviest rainfall periods have occurred during the winter months, including flooding in the Noosa River area in August 2007."

Cr Dwyer said all residents should prepare household emergency plans, just in case.

"The January floods showed just how quickly tragedies can happen so it’s vital that everyone is prepared for anything mother nature can produce," he said.

Emergency Management Queensland area director Andrew Wyatt said there were four simple steps residents should take to ensure they’re prepared.

"The first step involves researching hazards and disaster management arrangements in your community. This involves considering potential hazards which may impact your community. You can find this information through contacting your local council," he said.

"The second step involves discussing possible scenarios and responses in your household; for example what you’ll all do in the event of each emergency, how you’ll keep in touch if family members are separated and how you’ll alll prepare for evacuation.

"The third step is all important and related to recording important details for your emergency plan. This should include emergency numbers, medical services, local council, electricity and other service providers, insurance providers, relatives, friends and each householders’ personal contact details.

"The fourth step involves preparing an emergency kit and storing it in a safe and accessible place. All households should review and practise their emergency plan three times a year, taking into account the changing needs of all members of the family."

For more information print out a copy of the Household Emergency Plan Checklist athttp://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/emergencyplanchecklist.asp.