We are ready for wild weather, are you?

Yeppen Bridge Crossing following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie

What would you do if your journey home was impacted by road closures, if your house or property was damaged or if you were left without power or running water?

If you’re unsure of the answers to these questions, now is the time to think about what you and your family will need to organise to lessen the impact of an extreme weather event.

Residents of Queensland know when it comes to extreme weather events in our state, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

As the most disaster-impacted state in Australia we’ve seen it all; from devastating floods and cyclones, to raging bushfires and hailstones larger than golf balls.

In fact, since 2011, Queensland has been hit by more than 50 significant natural disasters resulting in devastating loss of life and more than $14 billion in damage to public infrastructure.

Although in the past our great state has recovered admirably from whatever nature throws at us, being prepared for extreme weather conditions is essential for us to remain resilient.

It’s Get Ready Queensland Week (8-15 October), an initiative from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) encouraging Queenslanders to prepare an emergency plan before extreme weather events hit.

The Get Ready Queensland website has a number of resources available to help you create an emergency plan, including templates and handy fact sheets, which could make all the difference if disaster strikes.

You can also check if your road is closed by downloading the QLDTraffic app or saving the QLDTraffic website to your favourites, as your source for traffic and travel information.

How does TMR get ready?

Our experience in responding to severe weather events across Queensland in recent years means we are well placed to respond, whatever the summer storm season brings.

TMR participates in annual preparedness programs to build capability in disaster resilience across the state. The collaborative program ensures our staff who are involved with prevention, planning, response or recovery work have all the information necessary to deal with extreme weather events.

We work with key external stakeholders to discuss, refine and implement response plans. These plans have been put to the test time after time, including the response to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie earlier this year.

When any type of weather event hits, our teams are ready to close roads where they are unsafe, redirect traffic and assess damage so repairs can be progressed as quickly as possible, reducing the impact of network disruption.

We also use research and innovation to build roads more resilient to flooding.

It’s never too early to plan for an emergency, but it can be too late.

Spend the time now to create your emergency plan and give you and your family peace of mind as we head into summer storm season.

Stay safe, look after yourself and your loved ones and remember if a storm does hit – if it’s flooded, forget it.

Don Bletchly

Chief, Transport Network Security and Resilience