Primary producers urged to get ready for 2022 natural disaster season

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner

With an increased chance of La Niña reforming and bringing more heavy rain later in 2022, Queensland primary producers are urged to prepare now for possible flooding and other disasters to help ensure the safety of family, workers and animals.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said rainfall for September to November was likely to be above median levels according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Trying to think clearly and make rational decisions in the middle of a disaster is difficult and a pre-prepared disaster response plan will be a big help,” Mr Furner said.

“We’ve seen how catastrophic monsoonal floods, bushfires, and severe tropical cyclones and hail storms can heavily impact our agriculture sector, so I encourage all agri-businesses to get ready now.

“We have online natural disaster guides to help producers get ready at business.qld.gov.au/disaster-hub. Tips include photographing assets in their pre-disaster condition, ensuring everyone on the property is familiar with an evacuation plan, and ensuring livestock can reach higher ground.”

Mr Furner also reminded people not to forget about family pets in household or farm emergency plans.

“Keep emergency phone numbers handy for your local council, veterinarian, animal welfare agency and pet and advisory services and make sure your pets can be properly identified if they escape,” he said.

“If moving pets to safety, make sure you take plenty of food, bowls, a leash and toilet litter or old newspapers. If they are to be left at home, secure them in an appropriate confined space, preferably inside, elevated and under cover, and provide access to ample food and water.”

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