How Suncorp’s Storm Ready Streets is helping new Queenslanders prepare for storm season
In partnership with Multicultural Australia, Suncorp recently hosted a community session, providing practical advice to new Queenslanders on how to prepare for Queensland’s worst weather events.
Recently, local community members – including refugees, migrants, and those recently settled in Queensland – came together at Redbank Plains Community Centre to learn more about extreme weather events and the important steps they can take to prepare for the season ahead.
Hosted by Suncorp in partnership with Multicultural Australia, the community session provided practical advice to new Queenslanders on creating a safety plan, organising an emergency kit and preparing their home in anticipation of Queensland’s worst weather events.
The initiative is part of Suncorp’s Storm Ready Streets program which encourages all members of the community to ‘team up and clean up’ ahead of storm season.
Suncorp People and Communities Manager Linda Henry said the partnership between Suncorp and Multicultural Australia is aimed at increasing the resilience of people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Linda Henry | Suncorp People and Communities Manager
For many of the newest members of our community, this summer will be the first time they experience a Queensland storm or bushfire.
“Working with local community groups alongside Multicultural Australia means that we can help educate and inform community members on how to safely prepare their homes ahead of future weather events.”
Multicultural Australia Executive Manager Vanessa Fabre said it’s important members of our community know what to expect and how to prepare for a weather event in Queensland.
“Initiatives such as Storm Ready Streets help integrate new Queenslanders into the community and ensure they have the information to prepare themselves for our unique weather events,” said Ms Fabre.
“Increasing weather resilience is part of our wider work in providing essential day-to-day services, in addition to more settlement services such as housing, training and employment.”
Queenslanders can prepare for storm season by completing general maintenance, trimming overhanging trees and branches, removing any loose debris, cleaning out gutters and downpipes, and securing or putting away items outside. To find out where you can prepare for storm season, check here.