A Letter from the Premier of Queensland!

For me?

Yes, a letter from the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, for me.

Although it has to be noted that the letter was addressed to “Fellow Queenslanders” and not me personally. It appears this same letter has gone to the other 4.3 million or so people that live in the state as well. But, it’s still a letter from the Premier of Queensland, isn’t it?

So, what’s it about?

Well, you already know from Friday’s post, Australia: One Extreme to Another, that the expectation this summer is we are in for a wet and wild one. You wouldn’t think it at the moment, we are in the middle of a very hot, sunny and dry run.

But, as the letter warns, “the storm season is approaching us once again.”

The letter goes on to explain that the attached “Get Ready Queensland” guide is designed to help all residents prepare an Emergency Plan in the case of a natural disaster.

What kind of natural disasters are we talking about?

Primarily:

  • Tsunami
  • Severe Storm
  • Flood
  • Cyclone

And what sort of things are we advised to do?

  • Prepare an emergency plan.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Prepare an evacuation kit.
  • Prepare our homes.
  • Tune into weather warnings.

The booklet is packed with checklists, action plans and, on the last two pages, a fill in the blanks complete Household Emergency Plan which can be personalised to your own situation.

I will be reading the entire document, and so can you; they have an online version. The Queensland Government Disaster Management website can be found here…..

http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/

And the online version of the booklet here…

Get ready Queensland

Get Ready QueenslandThe biggest surprise, for me anyway, is there’s no mention at all about the threat of bushfires. Does that mean the Queensland Government do not feel bushfires pose any risk this year?

I wouldn’t have thought so. A quick look around their own website revealed a warning about a bushfire and is dated, would you believe, today…..

Media Updates

WATCH AND ACT MESSAGE for ROCKYVIEW and PARKHURST

21/11/2011

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of Rockyview to enact their bushfire plans.

At 3.30pm a large bushfire was located in the Parkhurst Rockyview area. The fast moving fire is travelling in a westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Stirling Drive, Inverary Way, Angela Drive, Ainsley Court, Casuarina Road, Rebecca Close, Kristie Drive, and Dawn Close within the next two hours……”

So I think we can safely say that “Bushfires” represent a fifth natural disaster scenario we should be prepared for. But maybe I’m wrong about that, maybe the state government does know better.

The current dry spell is due to end within the next few days and maybe, as people are predicting and this guide is suggesting, it’s going to start getting very wet around here.

But whether bushfires are or are not a threat, I think we have enough to keep us on our toes this summer.

And I chose Queensland for the weather!

But don’t worry,  next year, when the full effects of Julia Gillard’s carbon tax has had enough time to cure the world’s “climate change” problems, we can get back to enjoying normal weather and me, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and anyone else who wants to come can all go to the park and have ourselves a Mad Tea Party.

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  • Shaun November 23, 2011, 8:13 am | Link

    Hey Bob, are the bushfires over there usually pretty bad? Do citizens try to put it out, or do you leave it to the proper authorities? After reading about the volunteer efforts following the flooding disaster this year, I would be tempted to believe that residents are trying to work together to fight them.

    • BobinOz November 23, 2011, 10:29 pm | Link

      Bushfires here can be horrendous! Some people stay to defend their properties, some run, it mainly depends on the fire.

      There is not much that is more scary than a bushfire.

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