Be prepared for storm season in Queensland

Tuesday 24 November, 2015 | By: Darrell Giles | Tags: storms, Get Ready Queensland, disaster assistance;

Queensland may be Australia’s most liveable state – with sunshine, beaches, locations and people.

But, at times, Mother Nature unleashes her fury on the Sunshine State and the ramifications for small businesses, the community and economy can be devastating.

Research done by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) after the 2011 floods, Cyclones Yasi and Oswald, and other serious weather events, has shown that the impact to small business can be severe.

Businesses told us they don’t even have to be directly affected by the sometimes catastrophic damage to experience a significant and serious financial impact.

To help businesses prepare for the 2015-16 storm season, CCIQ has partnered with Queensland Government, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and Get Ready Queensland to put together resources and information to ensure businesses can mitigate their risks and prepare for nature’s worst.

Watch the Queensland Government video on how best prepare your business for storm season.

In the event of natural disasters in Queensland, a range of resources has been developed to help businesses get back on their feet as quickly as possible, including Natural Disaster Factsheets and Online Resources.

Get Ready Queensland is the go to site for information this storm season, packed with resources and essential information. When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The more prepared we all are, the faster we’ll bounce back afterwards.

The Queensland Government’s Business and Industry Portal has information on support services for natural disasters, along with some practical advice on preparation and recovery.

The Federal Government's Disaster Assist website provides businesses with information relating to disasters and where to obtain support.

CCIQ will extend its Employer Assistance Line services to any Queensland businesses forced to temporarily close or reduce operations as a natural disaster, providing free HR advice. In the event of a natural disaster businesses can call CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line on 1300 731 988 or email

advice@cciq.com.au.

Businesses can also sign up for CCIQ’s free storm season webinars where they will hear from experts who can help prepare for wild weather events ahead.

Webinars are live online presentations from experts on a topic and can be viewed live or on demand after the broadcast via CCIQ's YouTube channel.

Webinar topics include how to manage staff safety before, during and after a natural disaster; preparing your business for storm season – your physical premises (part 1) and business interruption processes (part 2); storm season – business continuity - what to do when nature strikes; and storm season – stories of Queensland businesses.

Don’t wait until it’s too late - get ready now. For more information visit qld.gov.au/getready

 

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