UPDATE: THE first Hervey Bay Food n Groove event of the season takes place at Seafront Oval this Friday. The event kicks off at 4pm and runs until 9pm. The previous event had to be cancelled due to severe storm activity on Friday, October. Food n Groove will be used to help prepare communities for the upcoming fire and storm seasons. Firefighters, SES crews, police, ambulance workers, the Rural Fire Brigade and Marine Rescue personnel will be on hand to help answer your questions.
Original story below – Editor.
One of the Fraser Coast’s most popular entertainment events will make a welcome return to the region’s social scene next month – and it’s packing an important safety message too.
The first Food n Groove for the season kicks off in Hervey Bay at the Seafront Oval on Friday, 1 October and will be followed a week later at the Maryborough Showgrounds on 8 October.
Both events will be used to help launch ‘Get Ready Month’.
Emergency services, including firefighters, SES volunteers and police will be stationed at both events to help educate people on the best ways to prepare for the upcoming bushfire and storm seasons.
Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said Food n Groove was a popular family event and people would be able to get up close to the different response vehicles and talk to emergency services representatives.
Cr Everard said people would also be encouraged to sign up to receive notifications from the Disaster Dashboard.
The dashboard includes up-to-date information on storm and bushfire warnings, flooded roads, water outages and other hazards.
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QFES Station Officer Shane Chaiman said it was important for people to act now to prepare for the upcoming bushfire and storm season.
“One of our key focus areas is to help build a strong and resilient community. With the upcoming bushfire and storm seasons, or a combination of both, it is important for Fraser Coast communities to be strong and resilient,” explained Station Officer Chaiman.
He said it was important for residents to be proactive in preparing their homes and properties for possible bushfire or storm events.
Having bushfire and storm survival plans that you can implement if the need arises are vital.
“We have three words that we use often in the QFES and they are: Prepare, Act and Survive,” Station Officer Chaiman said.
“Now is the time ahead of the possible bushfire and storm seasons to check and maintain your gutters, make sure there is no leaf litter in them, make sure your smoke alarms are operational and make sure your garden and yard area is tidy to help deter fires.”
Station Officer Chaiman said the Food n Groove would provide a great opportunity for emergency services to interact with the community and help them know how best to prepare for the bushfire and storm seasons.
Cr Everard urged people to attend the upcoming Food n Groove events.
“As usual at Food n Groove events, a variety of food trucks will be operating, and a band will keep your toes tapping from 4pm to 9pm,” he said.
“While the events are free, to ensure they are COVID safe you will have to check in on the night using the Check-In QLD app.”
For more information on how to prepare for the bushfire and storm seasons, click here.
You can also access the Fraser Coast Disaster Dashboard online.
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