Weather Bureau says high chance of showers and storms for Redlands today

THE Weather Bureau has forecast a 90 per cent chance of showers late this afternoon and evening.

TROUBLE: Redlands storm damage last year.

TROUBLE: Redlands storm damage last year.

It also says there is the chance of a gusty thunderstorm this afternoon and evening, possibly severe.

For the bay, light winds will turn north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick said communities should be prepared for whatever mother nature had in store this summer.

“As Queenslanders, we are all too familiar with natural disasters and it is often not a matter of ‘if’ but when disaster strikes,” Mr Dick said.

“Get Ready Queensland Week is about everyone in the community doing their part to ensure their families, neighbours and communities are ready and resilient as can be.

“This might include removing fire hazards from your property, securing loose items, creating an emergency contact list, buying supplies or checking in with your neighbours.

“All Queenslanders are urged to check their ‘what if?’ plan and get ready to respond if a disaster strikes.

“Experience has shown us that communities that are well prepared and supported before a disaster occurs are more resilient and able to recover faster.”

 Mr Dick said a number of activities were being rolled out across the region as part of the Get Ready Queensland program.

“While there is a big focus on preparing for the upcoming storm season, Get Ready Queensland is a year round, all-hazards, resilience building initiative to prepare for whatever the weather throws at us, regardless of the time of year,” he said.

“While our community has proven time and time again that we are resilient people, there is no room for complacency.

“We must continue to build on that resilience as we learn to respond, adapt and develop strategies to prepare for the next inevitable disaster to ensure Queensland is the most disaster resilient state in Australia.”

Councils have planned a range of Get Ready Queensland activities.

Redland City Council has launched a Get Ready video competition to encourage disaster awareness for younger residents.

Logan City Council will facilitate business forums including business continuity planning to include disaster resilience education for tourism and  for accommodation providers in Logan

Get Ready Week is on now. For more information about preparing your home, business, car and pets, visit www.getready.qld.gov.au