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Disaster ready organisations show Brisbane how to get better prepared

Pop-Up Town
Events like Pop-Up Town aim to make Queenslanders more disaster ready for the annual storm and cyclone season.

Emergency workers, community organisations and charity groups converged on Brisbane's Reddacliff Place to remind us to get ready and prepare for the state's annual storm and cyclone season.

With the latest 2016–17 tropical cyclone season outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology indicating a more active cyclone season this year, the time to be ready is now.

The RACQ Get Ready Queensland Pop-Up Town featured frontline workers from the police, ambulance service, fire and emergency services, Queensland Urban Utilities and the state government who spoke about the often challenging situations they encounter during and after natural disasters.

The public also heard from representatives from the Red Cross, Volunteering Queensland Inc, Bunnings, GIVIT and the Brisbane City Council who all confirmed their commitment to assist those in need.

The event officially launched RACQ Get Ready Queensland week (10–16 October), which is part of a year-long, all-hazards disaster preparedness and resilience building program.

In partnership with the state government and local councils, RACQ Get Ready Queensland aims to position Queensland as Australia's most disaster-resilient state.

The government's commitment to supporting disaster ready communities saw Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, launch the RACQ Get Ready Queensland week together with Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad.

The state government provided more than $2 million in funding to local governments in 2016–17 to encourage local community participation in preparedness and resilience building.

The rationale behind this is to ensure councils are in the best position to undertake activities that will make a real difference to the disaster preparedness and resilience of local communities.

This includes greater community connectedness, an understanding of risk and vulnerability within the community and, at an individual level, planning and procedural preparation and/or the availability of local resources.

It's not too late to get ready – make your plan today.

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