Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling on residents to get prepared for the upcoming storm season, with Brisbane City Council launching its annual storm season awareness campaign.
Cr Quirk said Council undertook a comprehensive management program to ready the city for the traditional severe weather season, which included supporting the city’s State Emergency Service.
“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax, but we all know our beautiful subtropical climate means our city is prone to severe weather, including flash flooding, storms and bushfires,” Cr Quirk said.
“A significant part of our storm season preparedness program is supporting the Brisbane City State Emergency Service, which is integral in preparing our city for wild weather, and helping us bounce back if Mother Nature strikes.
“This year Council is investing more than $5.4 million to support Brisbane SES operations in our city, which involved around 880 volunteers across 9 stations.
“These volunteers work around the clock to undertake a range of activities for the people of Brisbane including fire preparedness activities, tree trimming, stormwater drainage maintenance, and supporting residents to prepare their properties.”
To mark Council’s 2017 storm season awareness campaign, Council has handed the Brisbane SES keys to six brand new four-wheel-drive vehicles to aid its city-wide operations.
The vehicles, which were purchased by Council and Brisbane SES fundraising efforts, will replace the current fleet and are fitted with canopies and roof racks to carry a fully-equipped SES storm damage team to wherever they are needed this storm season.
Cr Quirk said Council would offer a range of events and initiatives over the next few months and encouraged residents to ensure their family and property is equipped for storm season.
“Council regularly hosts community and school events in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Rural Fire Brigade, Queensland Police Service and the SES to make sure our city is prepared,” he said.
“Council will also offer free green waste weekends 23-24 September, 7-8 October and 21-22 October to help residents dispose of any green waste collected from their properties.
“Every day Council works with residents and local communities to help make our city what it is today, with a long-term vision for the future, and I encourage residents to take those simple steps to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.”
Residents can get storm-ready using the following tips:
• clean up the yard, clean gutters and downpipes of leaf litter, and check the roof and skylights are in good condition.
• if a storm is approaching, secure loose items in your backyard or on your balcony.
• if flooding is likely, ensure valuables are stored up high
• prepare an emergency kit, which should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.
• sign up to the Early Warning Alert Service at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared
To find out more information on preparing your home and property, view the ‘Be Prepared’ checklist online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared