Residents need to be prepared before disasters hit

GLADSTONE'S mayor is urging the region's residents to take their destiny into their own hands.

Cr Gail Sellers said the community needed to be on the front foot before natural diasters hit.

"There is an abundance of natural disaster preparedness information available and the council urges residents to get prepared for natural disasters because the risks are real," Cr Sellers said.

"We urge everyone to get their emergency kits and action plans in order."

New research has revealed rising temperatures could bring massive downpours and destructive flooding to the Gladstone district.

The dire prediction suggests storm-driven peak rainfall patterns will intensify as the region gets hotter.

Residents can checkout the Get Ready Queensland website at https://getready.qld.gov.au/be-prepared for checklists and information on how to prepare for floods.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Government is creating a flood resilience study to help it protect the state's road and rail networks.

Researchers are collating average annual and peak times of flood closures, the social and economic impacts of closures, alternative routes available and the cost to rectify damage.

The data is being collected from every flood-prone area across Queensland, including Gladstone.

The information will be used to build strategies that give the State Government an idea of how best to direct its funding.

The first draft of the study should be complete by June 2016.



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