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Join Queenslanders in getting ready for the cyclone season

According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2017-18 cyclone outlook, released today, four tropical cyclones threaten the east coast of Australia on average every year and there is a 54 per cent chance of this number increasing this season.
 
It is therefore timely that Queenslanders are busily preparing their homes and families for the cyclone season as part of this week's Get Ready Week, and Gladstone Region residents are encouraged to join them.
 
Gladstone Region Councillor Rick Hansen said November marked the start of the storm season and urged residents to review their preparedness for severe weather and its after-affects.
 
“In our region, with its threat of cyclones, severe storms and flooding, residents need to be ready to bunker down in their homes for periods of three to seven days,” Cr Hansen said.
 
“Do you have a household emergency kit and procedure that will see you through this, is your property in a sound enough condition to protect you and are your insurances adequate enough that you can financially recover from any damage?
 
“If not, please do something about it now when you are all together, calm and have time to prepare.”
 
Cr Hansen said Gladstone Regional Council's guide to preparing for natural disasters provided helpful checklists.
 
“Our ‘Ready?’ guide lists the steps households can take to prepare themselves for emergencies, and also includes important references like local emergency contacts,” he said.
 
He said the ‘Ready?’ guide was available for collection from all Council customer contact counters and online at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/emergencies
 
Some of the preparations encouraged in the guide are to:
 
Compile an emergency kit of non-perishable food, water, hygiene and medical needs, batteries, copies of important documents, protective clothing, tools and other essentials
Check structures for repair needs, trim overhanging trees and clear rubbish from yards
Prepare an emergency plan with the involvement of all household members
Review insurance levels and proof-of-purchases for claims
Register for severe weather alerts through the Early Warning Network on our website or by phoning Council on 4970 0700
 
In addition to Council’s website, helpful information is also available on the Get Ready Queensland website www.getready.qld.gov.au

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