The Road Ahead Sampler : December 2015
RACQLIVING.COM.AU 8 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2015/JAN 2016 NEWS | FEATURE AS ANOTHER SEASON of natural disasters approaches, RACQ research has revealed well over a third of Queenslanders are unprepared for storms and cyclones, and the same number don't know what to do if their home is threatened by bushfires. RACQ's 2015 Storm and Cyclone Preparedness Index has revealed 38.9 percent of Queenslanders have done nothing to prepare for the coming storm and cyclone season. In other research, more than a third of Queenslanders said they wouldn't know what to do if their home was threatened by a bushfire, and 47 percent said they had witnessed others ignoring total fire bans. And while we've all heard the line "If it's flooded, forget it", in May this year five motorists lost their lives as a result of unprecedented flash flooding in south-east Queensland after a winter cyclone hit at peak hour on a Friday afternoon. With these dire statistics, RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy Paul Turner has called on Queenslanders to heed safety warnings and prepare for wild weather as part of the RACQ Get Ready campaign. "The one thing we know in Queensland is that we're never sure what nature will hit us with come summer, so people need to take safety advice seriously," Mr Turner said. "That means preparing for storms and cyclones; having a bushfire survival plan in place if you live in a vulnerable area; and if you are driving, never enter floodwaters, even if you have a 4WD." Mr Turner said the RACQ had partnered with the State Government on the Get Ready campaign because, by taking some simple precautions, Queenslanders could reduce the risks associated with natural disasters dramatically. "Pack an emergency kit, have an evacuation plan, and make sure your insurance is up-to-date and covers what you need most," Mr Turner advised. READY... STORY LYNDA SCHEKOSKE HAILSTORMS, FLOODS, CYCLONES, DROUGHTS AND BUSHFIRES -- IT'S A TALE OF DESTRUCTION THAT IS RERUN EVERY QUEENSLAND SUMMER. BUT HAVE WE HEARD THE STORY SO OFTEN, WE'VE STOPPED LISTENING? OR NOT IMAGES (THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE): THE FAMILIAR SIGHTS OF STORM AND BUSHFIRE SEASON IN QUEENSLAND.
February March 2016