Weather Warning: Prepare Now, Not Later

Published 19 September 2022

flooded park

With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a third La Nina event in coming months, locals are being warned both Spring and Summer could bring serious storms.

Mayor Peter Flannery said now was the time to Get Ready, to ensure your home and family are prepared early.

“When it comes to extreme weather events it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’,” he said.

“Council has already done a huge amount of work following the last major event to tackle the restoration, repair and resupply of stocks including sand and sandbags - not because we anticipate the worst, but because we need to be prepared for it.

“While we can’t prevent disasters and storms in Moreton Bay, we can prepare for them to minimise the impacts on our community.

“So ask yourself: If the worst was to happen, would you be prepared?

“Clean up the backyard, have a chat with your household about how to prepare, check on your insurance, and most importantly, make sure you’re getting the latest information and severe weather warnings by signing up to receive MoretonAlert.”

  1. Know your risk
  2. Prepare an emergency plan
  3. Pack an emergency kit

Moreton Bay Region has, tragically, seen flood-related deaths in past severe weather events.

Mayor Flannery said members of the Local and District Disaster Management Groups are acutely aware of the need for organisational preparedness, and early warning messaging to ensure residents don’t take any unnecessary risks or put themselves in harm’s way.

“As an organisation MBRC is always learning and we have accounted for over 1,400 observations from the most recent disaster experience to help us identify areas where we can improve our responses and the services we provide the community, this will be an ongoing piece of work,” he said.

“We are making sure our staff and processes are ready early to help us manage fatigue effectively amongst our workforce whilst we continue to navigate the complications of the COVID Safe working environment.

“That’s why we’re prepared already, and why we’re asking locals to do the same to minimise personal risk.”

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