Thursday, 27 September 2018
Media release

Australian Government working with states and territories to prepare for challenging summer season

The Australian Government is working in close partnership with states and territories to do all it can to keep Australians safe ahead of a tough summer weather season.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth emergency management, said that Emergency Management Australia have been delivering a program of Annual Preparedness Briefings across the country.

“All levels of government have been working closely to prepare for the upcoming summer and individuals and communities need to be prepared,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

The briefings provide a forum for Australian Government and state and territory partners to gain a shared understanding of the summer outlook and ensure that national efforts are connected and well-coordinated.

“Already this year we have seen an early start to the bushfire season, with dry and windy conditions fuelling fire activity across the country.”

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our career and volunteer emergency service personnel who have been out and about helping their local community.”

“Bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe weather are an inevitable part of our beautiful landscape – but we can prepare for them to ensure we reduce harm and respond effectively.”

“Regardless of the forecast, it only takes one disaster to impact on communities and cause harm and hardship.”

“All Australians, especially those in high-risk areas, should ensure that they are ready and have emergency plans in place well ahead of time.”

Outlooks suggest that large parts of the country face above normal heatwave and bushfire potential over the coming months.

People wanting more information on how to plan and prepare should contact their local authorities.