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Posted on: 9 October, 2014

Are you and your family ready for the wet season?

As part of Get Ready Week 13-18th October, Whitsunday Regional Council’s Disaster
Management Coordinator Scott Tellegen is holding public information stalls at a shopping centre
near you.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said by preparing ourselves better before a disaster hits, we can help take
the strain off Emergency Services and let them focus on those who need help the most.

“The shopping centre stalls will provide all the information needed for you and your family to
properly prepare for the upcoming wet season,” she said.

“Many people who have lived in the area for a while may be used to preparing for the wet season, but Get Ready Week is a reminder not to be complacent and to make sure you are prepared.

“For example, could you and your family survive for three days without power and water during a
disaster event?

“Does your family have an emergency kit and an evacuation plan for a disaster event?

“Would your family shelter in place, go to friends or family on higher ground or go to one of the
public Cyclone Shelters during a significant disaster event?

“Do you know what storm surge zone you live in?

“These are just a couple of points which everyone needs to think through and have a discussion
with their family about prior to the wet season.

“For people who are new to town there will be loads of information available for you about how to prepare and what to do during an event,” she said.

The public information stalls are as follows:

• Collinsville - Monday 13th October - Cornett’s IGA 9am-4pm
• Bowen - Tuesday 14th October - Centrepoint Bowen Shopping Centre 9am-4pm
• Proserpine - Wednesday 15th October- Freshfields Shopping Centre 9am-4pm
• Cannonvale - Friday 17th October - Centro 9am-4pm
• Airlie Beach - Saturday 18th October - Airlie Beach Markets 7am-1pm

Don’t leave it too late to Get Ready for a disaster.

To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page, which will provide a direct link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.

Emergency Action Guides (EAG) are available on Council’s website, or in our customer service
centres, the storm tide inundation mapping zones shown in the EAG are an indication only for
storm tides.

Ends

For media enquiries, contact:
Kate Lennox, Communications Manager
Phone: 07 4945 0614, 0427 458 369 or Email: kate.lennox@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

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