Queenslanders encouraged to get ready with the Suncorp Storm Score
Suncorp Insurance is encouraging Queenslanders to get ready for the upcoming disaster season by once again partnering with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) for Get Ready Queensland Week, and launching the Suncorp Storm Score community challenge.
On Monday 12 October, Suncorp Insurance Chief Operating Officer Paul Smeaton joined representatives from the QRA, Queensland SES, Bureau of Meteorology and rugby league legend and Suncorp and Get Ready Queensland ambassador Johnathan Thurston to launch Get Ready Queensland Week.
The week, held annually in October, is an initiative aimed to encourage Queenslanders to make sure their preparations are in place for the upcoming disaster season.
“Our research shows even small-scale storms can have a big impact, so it is critical Queenslanders undertake home preparation and maintenance now as waiting until a storm is bearing down is just too late,” Mr Smeaton said.
“Our partnership with Get Ready Queensland Week is one that we’re incredibly proud of. We’re looking forward to working with the QRA to ensure Queenslanders are informed, alert and ready.”
QRA Chief Executive Office Brendan Moon said Get Ready Queensland Week is about peace of mind.
“Get Ready Queensland Week is all about making disaster preparedness front of mind before the next disaster, so that people have peace of mind that they have done all they can ahead of severe weather,” he said.
Our research shows even small-scale storms can have a big impact, so it is critical Queenslanders undertake home preparation and maintenance now as waiting until a storm is bearing down is just too late.Paul Smeaton, Suncorp Insurance Chief Operating Officer
“It is important for Queenslanders to consider their risks and we are calling on everyone to take three simple steps to get ready: prepare a household emergency plan, pack an emergency kit and check your insurance.
“Experience shows that communities that are well prepared and supported before a disaster occurs are more resilient and able to recover faster.”
To coincide with Get Ready Queensland Week, and provide practical tips and advice on how Queenslanders can get ready, Suncorp Insurance has launched its new community challenge – the Suncorp Storm Score.
Available via smartphone to all Queenslanders, the Suncorp Storm Score will provide tips, advice and guidance on how Queenslanders can best prepare for those disasters most likely to occur in their region.
Residents will be able to find out their Storm Score by completing different tasks – either requiring a photo submission or answer – ensuring they learn about storm safety and preparedness along the way.
Mr Smeaton said with over 100 years experience in protecting the Queensland way of life, Suncorp Insurance knows what needs to be done to protect homes and families – and had worked with the QRA to package it up into a fun – and educational – community challenge.
We’ve seen the devastating impacts of storms, floods and cyclones across Queensland, so with the Suncorp Storm Score, we’re hoping to encourage households, businesses and communities to get ready and undertake home maintenance and preparation.
Suncorp and Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston makes an appearance in the Suncorp Storm Score community challenge and said tasks have been localised to specific regions.
“For example, Brisbane residents will have questions and activities tailored to severe storms, hail, flooding and bushfires – whereas up home in Townsville the Storm Score will include cyclones.”
Participating Queensland households will go into the draw to win amazing prizes simply for getting ready with the Suncorp Storm Score – including $10,000 cash, a personal meet & greet with Johnathan Thurston, signed merchandise and household emergency kits.
Participants can also nominate a community group – including not-for-profits, local sporting clubs and schools – to go into the draw to receive one of ten $5,000 Community Resilience Grants, or the major prize of one $10,000 Community Resilience Grant.
The Suncorp Storm Score community challenge is open now to all Queensland residents and can be accessed via smartphone at stormscore.suncorp.com.au