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

    It’s never too early to Get Ready

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

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    It’s never too early to Get Ready

    With the hot weather now upon us and southern states already suffering, Queenslanders are being urged to get ready for the bushfire and storm season by cleaning up around their homes and preparing evacuation plans.

    Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli today joined Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams and local volunteers to doorknock residents to personally deliver the Get Ready message.

    “We’ve had a terrible run of floods and cyclones in the past few years but with hot conditions and plenty of fuel on the ground we must be ready for bushfires,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “In recent days we’ve seen the damage bushfires can cause and that’s why it’s so important locals do everything they can now to protect their home and loves ones.”

    Cr Williams said council was leading by example to prepare for bushfires with 37 hectares of land recently burned to protect against possible fires.

    Council is also preparing to distribute disaster information booklets to help locals prepare for natural disasters.

    “People have to be able to take their own steps in preparing their homes, preparing their yards, preparing themselves for the possibility of a disaster,” Cr Williams said.

    “Council has developed a Disaster Management Plan that recognises residents in different areas face different emergency risks.

    “We are now developing specific emergency plans for residents across the city, whether they live on the coastline, the Moreton Bay Islands or inland.”

    Residents should prepare an emergency plan that specifies when the decision to evacuate should be made, how to defend property, the location of a safe place to shelter, emergency phone numbers and what to do with pets.

    Homes and property should be prepared with drains and gutters cleared, trees and gardens trimmed, debris and rubbish removed, and loose furniture secured.

    “Working together will give us the best defence against storms and bushfires this summer,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    [ENDS] 20 October 2013

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