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Be Prepared for the Forces of Nature

Scenic Rim residents are being urged to ensure they are ready for the extremes of nature which are a part of Queensland summers.

Mayor Greg Christensen, who also chairs the Scenic Rim Local Disaster Management Group, said it was vitally important that residents gave serious thought as to how they would prepare and respond in the event of a severe weather event.

"The Scenic Rim is still recovering from the damaging storms and flooding of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie earlier this year. It would be naïve to discount the possibility of another significant weather event over the coming months," he said.

"Rather than waiting for the arrival of storm clouds or perhaps smoke on the horizon, households need to be prepared and have an Emergency Plan, Evacuation Plan and an Emergency Kit.

"Think about how you can prepare your home ahead of time and what you will need to do to manage your pets in a disaster situation. Everyone needs a What-if Plan.

"Handy emergency items such as a first aid kit, quality torch, battery-powered or wind-up radio and solar chargers for mobile devices could make great festive season gifts for family and friends.

Cr Christensen said residents should ensure both they and their property are prepared ahead of time if heavy rainfall and strong winds are predicted.

"Residents should expect that severe weather conditions may result in a loss of power in some areas and road closures due to localised flooding, fallen trees and other storm damage," he said.

"Remember if it's flooded, forget it. Even if you are familiar with a crossing or causeway, you cannot be sure what dangers may be below the surface in swollen creeks and gullies."

Find out more at Get Ready Queensland