Get into act of tackling Mother Nature
PREPAREDNESS is key to keeping safe this storm and cyclone season.
That's the message from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Ewan Cayzer, who was at the Queensland Tropical Cyclone Consultative Committee workshop yesterday.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Bureau of Meteorology and other state agencies conduct a pre-season workshop at several locations throughout the state, year after year.
Dozens of emergency service personnel from rural, urban and state discussed their updated plans, action and policies in a storm or cyclone.
Take Cyclone Marcia for example: routes were altered and the category intensified within a matter of minutes, and emergency service crews were far stretched to help.
"We have learnt a lot from TC Marcia, but the only thing that meant was to revamp our plan for the next emergency season," he said.
However, State Emergency Management Assistant Commissioner Steve Grant said planning should always start at a local level.
"The big issue for me is community preparation," he said. "If people are well prepared themselves, a massive amount of pain is removed from the emergency response.
"They need to have a plan, and ensure everyone in the family is aware of the plan.
"Five people died as a result of flooding this year in Queensland and they were decisions made at the last moment of people trying to get home.
"Have an alternate strategy worked out."
Are you storm and cyclone prepared?
This poll ended on 08 November 2015.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Are you prepared?
Stock up your medical emergency kit
Tie loose outdoors items down
Clear gutters, pipes and roofs
Create an evacuation plan and option, and keep your family in the know
Make sure you have food and a plan for your pets as well