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Help visitors know what to do in a disaster

WITH tourists flocking to Queensland's North Coast region these summer holidays, locals are being asked to do their bit to ensure visitors are aware of the potential for extreme weather events.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) North Coast Acting Assistant Commissioner John Bolger said the region was a popular destination for both international and interstate tourists and it was important visitors understood what to do in the event of severe weather.

"Many visitors may never have experienced a bushfire, severe storm or flood, and might not know about the dangers of Mother Nature," Mr Bolger said.

"Locals are in a great position to pass on valuable information, whether they are accommodation providers, tourism operators, work in a local café or store, or are just chatting to visitors on the street."

Mr Bolger said locals could pass on a number of tips to ensure visitors were not caught off-guard.

"You can let tourists know how they can stay up-to-date with warnings for bushfires and severe storms," he said.

"You can also inform visitors about the dangers associated with flash flooding and make sure they know to stay indoors during storms.

"Queenslanders are known for helping each other in times of need, and extending our hand to help visitors may prevent serious injury or even save a life."

Mr Bolger said it was also important for North Coast residents who were visiting other parts of the state to familiarise themselves with their holiday destination.

"You may know that the summer months bring rain, cyclones and unstable weather to Queensland, but you might not be familiar with the risks in the region you're visiting," he said.

"Monitor media and speak to locals so that you know what conditions are forecast. Keep up to date on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

"Plan ahead so that you're not caught by quickly changing weather such as flash flooding when travelling. Remember, if it's flooded, forget it. Have a Plan B. Map out an alternative route using the Flooded Roads Map at www.qld.gov.au/floodwatersafety."

Topics:  tourism, weather



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