Get Ready in Our Local Region this Week
Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey, Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich and Member for Kallangur, Trevor Ruthenberg have urged all residents to take part in Get Ready Week and take small steps to accomplish a lot before storm season.
The Get Ready Queensland initiative is a year round program involving all sectors of the community aimed to make Queensland the most disaster resilient state in Australia.
"Get Ready Queensland is formed around the fact that every Queenslander can do a little, to accomplish a lot in preparation for storm and cyclone season." Minister Dempsey said.
Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich welcomed the initiative and urged all residents to become involved in Get Ready Week and prepare, should the worst of summer hit.
"Get Ready Week is an opportunity for everyone to take small steps to protect their property, and to assist neighbours with preparations,"
"It is important for neighbours to lend each other a hand in true Queensland spirit, especially if your neighbours may be elderly or disabled." Mr Holswich said.
Get Ready Queensland includes $2 million in funding for local councils to support local preparedness, in addition to partnerships with organisations such as Bunnings, Energex and Commonwealth Bank. Mr Ruthenberg believes these grants, along with information, are vital to keep our region safe.
"The Government has contributed $2 million in grants during 2013-14 to support communities with the Moreton Bay Regional Council receiving $117, 000."
"During Get Ready Week all Bunnings stores will be providing displays and information on preparedness activities including emergency kits." Mr Ruthenberg said.
"I would also like to say thank you to those who volunteer, whether as part of a charity or the State Emergency Service."