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Warning for residents to be vigilant as storm season comes

WHILE Bundaberg residents would be quite happy never to hear the words "cyclone", "storm" and "flood" again, they have still been urged to acknowledge that the cyclone season will soon be upon us.

And while Mother Nature can never be predicted, emergency response experts are warning the community not to become complacent when it comes to being prepared.

The weather bureau has forecasted four cyclones to form over the summer, with one expected to cross the coast.

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said a "neutral year" was expected.

"But last year was also a neutral year," he said.

Mr Crisafulli said it was imperative people did the "nuts and bolts" when it came to storm preparation, including cleaning out gutters.

"That's what I will be doing this weekend," he said.

But despite whatever wild weather comes this way, Mr Crisafulli said the community was in a much better position than it was during January's disaster.

"If there is another tragedy, and please God no, I think we are in a better position," he said.

Mr Crisafulli, along with Disaster Recovery co-ordinator Inspector Kev Guteridge, encouraged residents to visit the Get Ready Queensland disaster management website, www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready.

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