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Storm preparation is being left to the last minute

OUT ON A LIMB: Stephanie Barford inspects the damage after a tree fell on her flat during Rockhampton’s big wet before the Australia Day weekend in 2013.
OUT ON A LIMB: Stephanie Barford inspects the damage after a tree fell on her flat during Rockhampton’s big wet before the Australia Day weekend in 2013. Sharyn Oneill

CENTRAL Queensland is more prepared for storms than anywhere else in Queensland - but nearly a third of residents have not done a thing before summer.

The RACQ Storm Preparedness Index, released yesterday, showed 28.6% of Central Queenslanders had done nothing to prepare for summer storms - the lowest number in the state.

The region also had the highest percentage of people with an evacuation kit at 32.5%.

The region was well ahead of south-east Queensland after the RACQ found half of Brisbane and Gold Coast residents respondents had not prepared at all.

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday announced Queensland could expect four cyclones this season, with average rainfall.

BOM spokesman Rob Webb said thunderstorms and isolated flooding were a risk for Central Queensland this summer.

"It's less likely this year we'll see widespread flooding. Isolated floods can happen every year in Queensland and still be severe. Again keep an eye on the latest warning and latest forecasts," he said.

He said cyclones could affect Central Queensland, while dry winters could mean a busy bushfire

season as well.

The RACQ index, released at the Get Ready Week launch, showed 35.9% of Central Queensland residents as having checked their insurance to see whether they were covered before the summer, the highest number in the state.

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said while the government was doing what it could before summer, people had to make sure they were prepared as well.

"This extreme weather cannot only devastate families, but can harm businesses and the economy, which makes getting ready even more important," he said.

What have Central Queensland residents done to prepare for storm season?

I haven't done anything to prepare for storm season - 28.6%

 

Prepared and emergency plan - 15.6%

 

Clean gutters and downpipes - 40.3%

 

Prepared an emergency evacuation plan - 9.1%

Topics:  cyclone natural disaster protection storm



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