Disaster Prepared and Ready: Noosa prepares for a safer summer
With the weather soon to warm up, it’s a reminder that August is the official start of the upcoming bushfire and storm season. Are you ready?
We’ve all experienced how quickly weather events can develop and threaten homes and lives, so Noosa Council is working closely with hinterland communities to raise awareness of the need to be prepared.
In partnership with Pomona Community House, council is offering residents in the hinterland communities information sessions to assist with disaster preparedness and building resilience leading into the bushfire and storm season.
Understanding local disaster risks is vital for our communities. The sessions will provide an opportunity for the hinterland residents to talk to emergency services personally.
The first of these is a Bushfire Information Night, being held on Tuesday, September 7 from 5:30-8:30pm at Cooran Hall. Topics covered will range from how to prepare your property for a bushfire, making an evacuation plan and plant and animal responses to fire. There will also be practical advice available from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Biodiversity Consortium and Noosa Council. Attendees are requested to register for this information night by contacting Pomona Community House on 5485 2427.
Mayor Clare Stewart said that disaster preparedness is a community effort which requires everyone to do their part.
“We can all help protect our communities by taking responsibility for being prepared and supporting our neighbours to do the same. Inaction puts homes, neighbours and our emergency services workers at risk but if we all have a plan in place, it helps when natural disasters strike,” she shared.
Additional Disaster and Hazard Preparedness Information Days will be held on:
- September 10 and 11 - at the Noosa Show (Pomona Showgrounds) from 9.00am - 4.00pm.
- September 18 - at IGA Pomona from 9.00am - 4.00pm.
- September 24 - at The Lawson Shed, Pomona from 9.00am - 11:30am
- October 1 - at Ridgewood Hall from 10.00am -1.00pm.
All events are family-friendly and free and subject to COVID 19 and QLD Health event guidelines and activities are funded by Cat C Bushfire Recovery/Resilience funding.
For more information on all activities call Pomona Community House on 5485 2427.
Noosa Council’s Resilience Officer, Cheryl Pattison said community workshops were well attended last year and our communities embraced the opportunity to engage with the emergency services volunteers and staff.
“Our community spirit is strong at the best of times, but it shines brightest with extreme weather events, and we help each other out”, she said.