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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Minister for Police and Community Safety
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey
    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Townsville, it’s time to ‘Get Ready’

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Police and Community Safety
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Townsville, it’s time to ‘Get Ready’

    Townsville residents are being urged to get ready for the upcoming storm and cyclone season so they can face the forces of nature with confidence.

    Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey said while north Queenslanders on the coastline were not strangers to cyclones or seasonal inland floods, at times they could still be caught off-guard. 

    “Not many people can truly say they were prepared for the freak storm that tore through Townsville and destroyed homes in March last year,” Mr Dempsey said.

    “Inevitably, there will be times when disasters will take local communities by surprise but the best way to handle this is to be prepared year-round for any scenario.”

    Minister for Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli joined State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers in Townsville today to hand out ‘Get Ready’ information and sandbags in an effort to build community resilience.

    “It’s important that our emergency crews can be directed to where they can do the most good, so this year, emergency services want people to turn their focus away from what crews can do for them to what they can do for our emergency crews,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    Once again, the Queensland SES and NRMA Insurance are joining forces to help people get ready for severe weather.

    NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton stressed that preparation was key to weathering a storm safely.

    “We know many Queenslanders have previously admitted they don’t adequately prepare their homes or have those important items like food, water and medication on hand to make sure they can wait out a storm safely and comfortably,” Ms Lupton said.

    “While we cannot control the weather, residents can prepare their home at this time of year and save the heartache that comes with water damage.

    “The best time to prepare for a storm is when you’re not in the middle of one.”

    For further information and resources on how to prepare for disaster visit http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready/

    [ENDS] 11 October 2013

    Media Contacts: Lea Emery (Minister Dempsey) 0418 373 516
                            Monica Rostron (Minister Crisafulli) 0409 126 332