New initiative to encourage Queensland communities to ‘Be Rain Ready’16-Jan-2018
SunWater has launched a community education initiative this week to encourage Queensland residents to ‘Be Rain Ready’, with almost six out of 10 people admitting they are not fully prepared for the wet season.
A recent SunWater survey* indicated that while 66.9 per cent of regional Queenslanders accept flooding as an inevitable part of living in Queensland, many are still unprepared.
SunWater Chief Executive Officer Nicole Hollows said living in Queensland means heavy rain and flooding are part of our lives, especially in the summer months, and it’s important we are all ready.
“Our extensive experience operating dams throughout numerous wet seasons has prompted this community education initiative to help build resilience in our communities by encouraging individuals to understand their flood risk and the role our dams play in the broader catchment when it rains – all of our dams are built to store water and are not built to mitigate floods,” she said.
“It’s really important for everyone to understand their catchment. While our dams may provide some level of benefit in reducing flood peaks by simply being there when they are not at full capacity, it is unsafe to assume it can mitigate or stop all flooding.
“By the same token, expecting flood waters to always come through your local dam can mean you miss an important early warning relating to another creek, river or stream in your area.”
The Be Rain Ready initiative aims to support our communities to better understand their flood risk and the easy steps they can take to plan, prepare and keep their family safe,” she said.
Of those residents who are prepared for flooding, only 17.4 per cent were able to identify where to get information from during a rain event with regard to water levels and the potential for flooding.
“To alleviate confusion, we’ve assembled the best flood advice and resources from Queensland agencies — State Emergency Service, Councils and Get Ready Queensland — to make it easier for people to access information and be prepared for flooding,” Ms Hollows said.
“We are encouraging local councils, businesses and community groups to get behind the community initiative and share the materials so everyone is rain ready.”
Be Rain Ready resources, including social media advice, posters, videos and fact sheets can be found at www.rainready.com.au
To ensure you’re well informed this wet season:
- Download the SunWater App for dam release alerts and visit www.sunwater.com.au to read more about your local dam.
- Check with local authorities as to what information is available in your community – they are primarily responsible for the management of floods.
- Monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website or your local Council resources for flood warnings.
- Monitor lake, weir and river water levels in locations throughout Queensland at Water Aware – wateraware.fyi
*ReachTel survey of 2500 residents across regional Queensland.
SunWater Media Team
Phone: +61 7 3120 0047