Residents urged to be bushfire ready


Redlanders have been urged to be bushfire ready with the State Disaster Coordination Centre issuing a severe fire warning for South East Queensland including Redland City.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the fire warning had been issued due to forecast weather conditions for today.

“The Bureau of Meteorology said warm, dry, fresh and gusty winds are expected to increase during the day, so residents should be vigilant of the increased fire risk,” Cr Williams said.

“This warning should resonate strongly with local residents after the Straddie bushfires earlier this year and residents are asked to check their bushfire survival plans to ensure they have a family emergency plan and emergency kit at the ready.”

Cr Williams said a great source of information was Council’s Disaster Management Plan available online at www.redlandsdisasterplan.com.au

“This resource provides information on how to prepare for a disaster and evacuation routes specific to individual suburbs and islands,” she said.

“Everyone should familiarise themselves with the necessary information and prepare their home and families now rather than waiting until a fire to make the necessary preparations.

“We would also ask that people not light fires, including burning off in their backyards and being mindful of disposing of cigarette butts safely during these  conditions. People should also listen to the radio to stay connected to Council and QFES social media channels for any updates.”

More information, including how to prepare an emergency plan and emergency kit, is available at www.redland.qld.gov.au or www.fire.qld.gov.au.

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