Disaster preparation education for residents of North Stradbroke Island

Below is a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) media release regarding an upcoming information session being held on North Stradbroke Island.

North Stradbroke Island residents are being encouraged to ‘Get Ready’ for bushfires and severe weather events by attending a disaster preparedness information day on Saturday, 23 August.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Brisbane Regional Manager Gary McCormack said residents in the North Stradbroke Island and surrounding areas lived in a high wildfire zone which increases the potential risk of bushfire impacting their home.

“Residents in the area should also be aware of the devastating impact severe weather can have, such as thunderstorms, damaging winds and flash flooding, and make preparations ahead of storm and cyclone season” Mr McCormack said.

“Attending this free information day is extremely valuable for local residents to ensure they have the techniques in place to protect life and property against these natural disasters.”

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) urban and auxiliary firefighters, RFSQ and State Emergency Services (SES) Volunteer Community Educators (VCEs) as well as the Redland City Council (RCC) Fire Management Team, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and Queensland Police Service (QPS) will host information workshops throughout the day, which will educate residents on the importance of working together to prepare their homes and understand the risks involved in living close to bushland or low lying areas.”

In addition to these information workshops, there will be a full day of activities and entertainment hosted by RCC, government agencies and private organisations for the whole family to enjoy.  

Information Day details:

WHERE: Point Lookout Function Centre, 83 East Coast Road, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island  
WHEN:  Saturday, 23 August 2014 from 9.30am

WHO:    QFES urban and auxiliary firefighters, RFSQ and SES VCEs, RCC Fire Management Team, QPWS, South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, seqwater, QPS, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Straddie Camping, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Queensland Ambulance Service.