Queensland is the most disaster impacted state in Australia, with almost 90 disaster events in the past decade.
Mayor and Local Disaster Management group chair Greg Christensen said in recent years residents had witnessed first hand a number of natural disasters including bushfires and flooding.
"Some are still recovering from the devastating consequences of the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019 and ex-severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017," he said.
During Get Ready Queensland Week from October 10-16, council is urging residents to talk with their neighbours and start preparing their homes and businesses for the upcoming severe weather season.
A guide to preparing for an emergency in the Scenic Rim as well as a emergency checklist is available on council's website.
The emergency checklist was part of council's disaster preparedness package that was delivered via a letterbox drop to households in July.
"Over the past 12 months Queensland had the highest annual population growth rate (1.6 per cent) of any Australian state and territory, and the Scenic Rim welcomed many new residents and this will be their first Queensland summer," Cr Christensen said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted wetter than average conditions this year.
Step one: Know your risk
- Talk to your neighbours and people in your community to see if there is a history of disasters in your area.
- Find out more about disaster preparedness on Council's website www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/disaster-management
- Once you know the risks in your area, you can take steps to find out how best to protect your property, possessions, business and family.
Step two: Make an emergency plan
- The best way to ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go in an emergency is by keeping a Household Emergency Checklist.
- Sit down with your family and make a list of important contacts like family and friends who live out of town, doctors, insurance providers, utility providers, emergency meeting places and details on where you'd stay if you needed to evacuate quickly.
- You can download a Household Emergency Checklist from Council's website www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/disaster-management.