Heidi Costello

$2 million for Qld councils to prepare for storm season

THE Palaszczuk Government will deliver $2 million to local councils across the state as part of the campaign to help them prepare ahead of the looming storm season.

The RACQ Get Ready Queensland campaign is a disaster preparedness and resilience building program that works with individuals, community groups, emergency services, businesses and schools.

Local Government Minister Jackie Trad said severe weather was a fact of life in Queensland and education was the key to getting ready and being prepared.

"The $2 million in funding for local councils is double the amount delivered last year and will ensure local councils can better educate residents about local emergency preparation and planning," she said.

"Being prepared is about ensuring you and your family are ready and know what to do, for instance, what supplies to have and who to contact if a natural disaster is looming.

"Councils will be encouraged to focus on building community connectedness, educating locals on natural disaster risks and vulnerability, planning and preparing for disasters and improving local knowledge around available local resources."

RACQ Get Ready Week runs from October 12 to 18. - APN NEWSDESK.

Further information can be found at http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/local-government/grants.html