Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Be Prepared for Wild Weather

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Be Prepared for Wild Weather

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WEATHER

CYCLONE Larry, Black Saturday, the Sydney Superstorm, Cyclone Tracy, last summer's Waroona Bushfire. Australia knows disasters only too well.

Summer is about to start, bringing with it the increased risk of a natural disaster, and like every year we have no idea what's coming, or when. You can be pretty certain some kind of disaster is headed our way. Lives will be turned upside down, homes damaged, the things we hold precious destroyed, and people pushed into financial crisis. For some life will never be the same again.

In Queensland in Get Ready Week we are calling on all Australians to get prepared. Emergencies happen, we can't change that, but we can change how they affect our lives.

Being prepared isn't complicated, it's about four things: knowing the local risks, knowing your community, making a plan and having an emergency kit. And it is about developing a mindset that will help you deal with the emotional and psychological impact of a disaster. …

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