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Time to get ready for storm season

Local students lead the way in getting ready for storm season – and this year is predicted to be a wet one.

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Time to get ready for storm season

Local students lead the way in getting ready for storm season – and this year is predicted to be a wet one.

He’s just 10 years old, but Year 5 St Joseph’s Primary School Nambour student Zac Zeremes wants everyone on the Sunshine Coast to be prepared for severe weather and emergency events.

“You need to have a ‘WHAT-IF’ plan,” Zac says. “A ‘WHAT-IF’ plan means everyone in your house knows exactly what to do in any kind of disaster.

“It’s really good for kids to know what to do, so they can talk to their family and neighbours about having an emergency and evacuation kit ready to go.”

Zac and his classmates Jordan Gormley, Archie Tollner, Heidi Brumwell and Shyla Lamont won the 2020 Sunshine Coast Get Ready Schools Competition and star in the Sunshine Coast Council’s annual disaster awareness campaign.

The council, in partnership with emergency services agencies, is calling on all Sunshine Coast residents and businesses to ensure they are disaster ready.

“We know that disaster can strike any time, anywhere and it’s not a matter of if, but when,” Mayor Mark Jamieson says.

“We all have a role to play and being prepared is everyone’s responsibility.

“There are three simple steps to ensure your household or business is prepared for extreme events.

“Step one is to have an emergency plan in place. Step two is to pack supplies – pack your emergency and evacuation kits – and step three is to make sure your insurance has adequate coverage and is up-to-date.

“What we know is that neighbourhoods who are aware of their risks in a disaster and connected to their local community are more likely to be able to respond, help each other, and quickly recover.”

While it’s vital to be prepared for all types of disasters, Mayor Jamieson says the current La Niña forecast means the community needs to be especially aware of storms and possible flash flooding.

“It’s looking like a very wet storm season,” Mayor Jamieson said.

For more information visit getready.qld.gov.au and council’s Disaster Hub website at disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. Sign sign to the Coast Alert notification service by downloading the Sunshine Coast Council app on your smart device.

Top tips

Your emergency kit will equip your household for up to three days of isolation:

  • Fresh water
  • Non-perishable food
  • First aid kit
  • Portable radio and torch with spare batteries
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Essential medication and prescriptions
  • Mobile phone, charger and a power bank
  • Important documents in sealed bags
  • Cash
  • Baby formula and nappies
  • Toiletries.

An evacuation kit is for times where it becomes unsafe to stay at home:

  • Blanket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Warm clothes
  • Kid’s toys/entertainment
  • Valuables and mementos
  • Essential medication and prescriptions
  • Mobile phone, charger and a power bank
  • Important documents and cash,
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Baby formula and nappies
  • Toiletries including tissues, hand sanitiser and face masks.

 

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