Primary producers to ‘get ready’ for natural disaster season
Published Thursday, 25 November, 2021 at 02:15 PM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
Queensland primary producers are urged to prepare now for natural disasters to help ensure the safety of family, workers and animals.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mar Furner said Queenslanders need to be prepared heading into our summer rainfall season.
“We are currently in a situation where a La Niña event has been declared, which means an increased chance of above average rainfall across most of Queensland for late spring and summer,” Mr Furner said.
“We’ve already been hit with hailstorms and heavy rainfall this spring, and conditions have the potential for more tropical lows leading to the increased possibility of significant rainfall in areas of the state.
“According to the Bureau of Meteorology there is potential for an above-average number of tropical cyclones expected this season and typically, in La Niña years, the first cyclone occurs earlier than normal around mid-December.
“We’ve seen how catastrophic monsoonal floods across the northwest, bushfires, and severe tropical cyclones and hailstorms heavily impact Queensland’s agriculture industry, so I encourage all agri-businesses to ‘get ready’ now.
“We have specially-tailored natural disaster guides to help producers protect their property, business, livestock and crops.
“Tips include photographing assets in their pre-disaster condition and ensuring everyone on the property is familiar with a plan to get to safety in the event of a flood and to ensure livestock have access to higher ground.”
Information on disasters for small business including primary producers is available at business.qld.gov.au/disasterhub
Mr Furner advised pet owners not to forget about family pets in household or farm emergency plans.
“Keep emergency phone numbers handy for your local council, veterinarian, animal welfare agency and pet and advisory services and make sure your pets can be properly identified if they escape,” he said.
“If moving pets to safety, make sure you take plenty of food, bowls, a leash and toilet litter or old newspapers. If they are to be left at home, secure them in an appropriate confined space, preferably inside, elevated and under cover, and provide access to ample food and water.”
For more information on cyclone preparations, such as local evacuation routes and public shelter arrangements, phone your local council.
For more information about how to prepare your property or business, visit getready.qld.gov.au.
For information on animal welfare during a disaster contact biosecurity.qld.gov.au, the RSPCA, your local council or your veterinarian.
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