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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Get prepared this disaster season

QUEENSLAND’S primary producers are being urged to prepare for disaster season and ensure the safety of their family, workers and animals.

Queenslanders need to be prepared heading into our bushfire, summer rainfall, and cyclone season with bushfires expected to be a particular risk this year following the warmer winter weather.

By taking steps now, producers can reduce the risk of disaster damage and financial loss and with the Queensland Government’s disaster guides, primary producers can get ready for disaster season.

Tips include photographing assets in their pre-disaster condition and ensuring everyone on the property is familiar with the evacuation plan in the event of a natural disaster.

Producers should also ensure livestock have access to higher ground or are moved to safer ground or shelter with access to food and water ahead of an event.

Make sure you’ve got a financial plan including having adequate insurance cover, reviewing how you will manage orders, refunds and cancellations, and keeping financial reserves and emergency cash.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said it is critical primary producers protect themselves and those around them.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has indicated that a high fire danger is likely to impact Queensland over the coming months,” Mr Furner said.

“As a primary producer it’s critical you have plans to help support your business during a bushfire, as well as cyclones and floods.

“Keep emergency phone numbers handy for your local council, veterinarian, animal welfare agency and pet and advisory services and make sure your pets can be properly identified if they escape.”

For more information on flood and cyclone preparations, such as local evacuation routes and public shelter arrangements, contact your local council.

Information on disasters for small business including primary producers is available here. business.qld.gov.au/disaster-hub

Primary producers who have been impacted by a natural disaster can report the impacts in the Queensland DAF Agriculture Disaster Impact Survey.

The survey helps DAF to contribute quickly to applications for assistance under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Assistance Arrangements.

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