Client news: Are you disaster-ready?

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Volunteering Qld is launching an Australian-first interactive, online resource to help more Queenslanders get prepared for natural disasters.

Natural disasters are twice as likely to hit Queensland than other states, but few of us are properly equipped for an emergency.

The Disaster Readiness Index (at gives individuals a “star” rating on their level of preparedness and generates a personalised list of steps to take to become more emergency-ready.

Volunteering Qld CEO Jelenko Dragisic said the checklist was developed to help communities prepare for the worst.

“While we can’t stop disasters, we can be in control of how ready we are,” he said.

“We’ve experienced some devastating natural disasters in Queensland this year so we want to see more people taking steps toward emergency planning for the future.

“The Disaster Readiness Index is about providing a starting point so people know what they have to do to take care of their families and loved ones if disaster strikes,” Mr Dragisic said.

To encourage Queenslanders to take the new checklist, Volunteering Qld will today launch “Queensland’s One Million Stars Challenge”.

The goal of the challenge is that Queenslanders complete the Disaster Readiness Index and collectively reach a target of a million stars across the state. As each person completes the checklist, their star rating will be added to the state’s total.

To find out if you’re disaster-ready, visit

Media contact: Cole Lawson Communications – 07 3221 2220