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Get Ready Gold Coast

Click to enlarge Get Ready Gold Coast - A flooded road

The RACQ Get Ready Gold Coast campaign aims to engage local communities, provide education, raise awareness and encourage action to build resilience against future disaster events. These events are based on all hazards relative to the City of Gold Coast’s sub-tropical climate and may include severe storms, floods, tidal and storm surges, heatwaves and bushfires.

The objectives of the campaign are to:

  • raise awareness that the Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate and experiences severe weather: storms, floods and fire can happen at any time of year - all hazards - all year round
  • encourage residents and businesses to understand their risk and to have a plan in place to respond to and recover from the impacts of a disaster event
  • encourage businesses to have a continuity plan should they be impacted for a period of time
  • educate the community on being prepared and encourage action
  • ensure the Gold Coast community has access to tools and easily accessible information on how they can mitigate the adverse effects of severe weather
  • build resilience and encourage planning in the community to be prepared for extreme weather or disaster events
  • save lives by educating local youth about the dangers of taking risks in extreme events, e.g. beach safety
  • educate local school students about the dangers of playing in storm water/flooded areas
  • encourage tourists to be aware of the natural hazards and to have a plan in place
  • encourage accommodation providers to raise awareness to tourists.

These objectives will be achieved through a range of activities as follows.

Get Ready Gold Coast is an initiative of Get Ready Queensland.

RACQ Get Ready Week – 10 to 16 October 2016

Get Ready week was designed to enhance awareness of the community to get prepared for the stormy season which often brings summer storms, flash flooding, fire and heatwaves.

This year, a number of Gold Coast businesses participated in Get Ready week by creating a display of household emergency management kits, a shopping list of where to find the items in their store as well as distributing free waterproof document wallets, community disaster guides and related material.

Participating stores included:

  • Bunnings Warehouse Southport – 500 Olsen Avenue, Southport, 07 5509 0300
  • Bunnings Warehouse Nerang – Mortensen Road, Nerang, 07 5581 1100
  • Bunnings Warehouse Arundel – 292 Brisbane Road, Arundel, 07 5665 2700
  • Bunnings Warehouse Burleigh Waters – Bermuda Street and Reedy Creek Road, Burleigh Waters, 07 5507 0700
  • Bunnings Warehouse Oxenford – Global Plaza, Oxenford, 07 5656 7500
  • Bunnings Warehouse Tweed Heads – 29-41 Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads, 07 5506 1600
  • Camping Plus – 224 Brisbane Road, Labrador, 07 5529 0799
  • Camping Plus – 2 Flint Court, Burleigh Heads, 07 5593 6966
  • Foodworks Runaway Bay – Shop 9, Oxley Circle, Cnr of Oxley & Lae Drive, Runaway Bay, 07 5500 5710
  • BCF Burleigh – 10/1 Santa Maria Court, Burleigh Waters, 07 5508 2922
  • BCF Labrador – 620 Brisbane Road, Labrador, 07 5500 5700.

The City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate launched Get Ready Gold Coast on 13 October 2016 at Bunnings' Oxenford store.

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