FICQ MEDIA RELEASE
Queensland including South East Qld
This week Cyclone Debbie and heavy rain fall across Queensland has been devastating for many Queenslanders, including the Indian communities residing in affected parts of Queensland. The severe weather is expected to carry on to New South Wales as well. Please visit www.bom.gov.au for regular updates.
The Queensland Government, Australian Government and local governments are working together to manage and provide every possible assistance to Queenslanders affected by this unfortunate situation in our state. At this stage, the current situation is expected to continue for a few days and the extent of damage and loss will be known only when the situation gets better from next week.
The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. (FICQ) is urging all members organisations and members in the community to take care of yourselves and extend your support to others if you feel safe to do so. It is very essential to follow instructions from authorities and warnings to minimise risks to yourselves and others. Avoid travelling and stay at home if it is safe. If required, safely move to a high ground area to avoid the dangers due to flash flooding. Avoid driving unless or otherwise unavoidably required.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move cars under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
And please remember never drive, walk, or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it. It is important time for us to look after each other and extend to help others in this great part of Australian Community.
Important contacts for Queenslanders
Life Threatening Emergency Call Triple Zero (000).
For Storm and Flood Assistance SES on 132 500
State Emergency Service (SES) http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/
Queensland Police Service Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueenslandPolice
Twitter (@QPSMedia) or myPolice blogs www.mypolice.qld.gov.au
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is also regularly updating their information on Facebook www.facebook.com/QldFireandRescueService/ Twitter (@QldFES)
The Department of Transport and Main Roads list of road closures and updates QLD Traffic website at www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au – it includes an interactive map, a list of road closures and live traffic cameras or call 13 19 40.
Parents are urged to listen to local radio news broadcasts and visit the website http://closures.det.qld.gov.au/to stay informed about the re-opening of schools.
Stay safe is to stay out of floodwater and be prepared. If it’s flooded, forget it. http://floodwatersafety.initiatives.qld.gov.au/
Preparing for this severe weather event https://getready.qld.gov.au/
Helps to find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster. register or look for someone on the Red Cross Website at www.redcross.org.au
Listen to ABC Local Radio 612, the emergency broadcaster in Queensland. https://radio.abc.net.au/stations/local_brisbane/live
Disaster affected people – contact the Community Recovery Hotline for information and support on 1800173 349. https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/recovery-after-disaster/
The Insurance Council of Australia – The Disaster Hotline (phone 1800 734 621). https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/insurance/ or http://www.insurancecouncil.com.au/
Handling damaged asbestos containing materials concerned or information, local authority on 13QGOV (137468) or go to www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/
For further information visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/cleaning-up
Electricity – Ergon Energy immediately on 13 22 96 to arrange disconnection or visit www.ergon.com.au
Emergency housing assistance 13QGOV https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/emergency-temporary-accommodation/
Thanks, to the Queensland Premier for providing key information.
Image Courtsey : – Severe weather- https://www.qld.gov.au/