Children trained in disaster preparedness as storm season begins

Andrew Allan (Rural Fire Service), Mayor Clare Stewart and Warren Kuskopf (Noosa SES) with students from Tewantin State School.

With storm and bushfire season officially kicking off, now is the time to prepare.

The Council’s Disaster Management team visited local schools to educate children on how to prepare families, pets, households and even neighbors for inclement weather.

“You’re never too young to learn how to prepare for storms and bushfires when you live in Queensland,” Mayor Clare Stewart said.

“It’s great to see the kids at Tewantin State School today taking so much interest in disaster preparedness. I am sure they will take this important message home and share it with their families.

Mayor Stewart said preparedness is an important part of disaster resilience.

“We can’t change the weather, but we are becoming more resilient. Our residents prepare earlier, plan better and support each other more. That’s being resilient,” she said.

“Queensland experiences more disasters than any other state in Australia and since 2019 Noosa has experienced floods and fires. As we continue to feel the effects of climate change, the frequency and severity of these natural disasters are expected to increase.

Council Disaster Resilience Manager Ian Williams urged residents to take three simple steps to ensure they are prepared for disaster:

– Know your risk and make sure your insurance is up to date.

– Prepare your household or business by having an emergency action plan.

– Prepare your emergency evacuation kit.

“Over 60% of Queenslanders now say they are preparing ahead of disaster season and have a contingency plan in place, but we can’t wait to see this even higher,” he said. .

The Council has produced a Noosa emergency action guide offering practical advice on what to do before, during and after a series of disasters.

“This detailed guide is also available digitally on Noosa Council’s Disaster Dashboard, where you can also subscribe to Noosa Alert,” Mayor Stewart said.

“This simple step will allow anyone using a mobile device to stay informed of all severe weather events, in advance via text message.”

Visit the Disaster Dashboard at Disaster.noosa.qld.gov.au