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Journeys : Apr May 2011
Floods. How prepared are you? Another big flood event in northern Tasmania in January has highlighted what appears to be a growing incidence of extreme weather events. FLOOD ACTION GUIDE The SES advises householders to take these simple steps to ensure your safety during a flood. State Emergency Service (flood and storm emergencies) ..... 13 25 00 Aurora Energy Emergencies (available 24 hours) ................. 13 20 04 RACT Insurance ......................13 27 22 Police, Fire and Ambulance.......... 000 EMERGENCY CONTACTS Be Prepared • Know your local areas, particularly if there is a history of flooding • Have an emergency kit on hand, including a battery-operated radio, torch and spare batteries • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy • Identify evacuation routes and centres Don’t Delay • Always follow instructions and directions from local authorities • Be ready to evacuate if necessary Stay Alert • Stay tuned to local media for current weather advice and warnings • Keep an eye out and don’t allow children to play in, or near, floodwater Act Safely • Never drive in floodwater • Never swim or wade in floodwater • Continue to monitor your local media for updated information and advice While the Tasmanian floods were less significant than the Queensland and Victorian floods, RACT Insurance received 336 claims totalling more than $1 million in damage as a result of the Tasmanian floods. In Queensland, some estimates put the number of uninsured flood victims at 50% or more. Here in Tasmania, if you’re insured with RACT Insurance, flood cover is not an issue. You’re covered. It is becoming clear that severe weather can be expected at any time of the year. So always be prepared if you live close to a creek, river, major stormwater drain or in a low lying area, you may be at risk from flooding even if you have not previously experienced it. Do a check to find out if you live in or near a flood-prone area. Your council or local SES unit should be able to help you. It is important to remember that you can still be affected by floods even if your property is not inundated by floodwater. You may become isolated or access to areas may be cut. The SES is responsible for responding to floods in Tasmania. This includes planning for floods and educating people about how to protect themselves and their property. Floods don’t always occur slowly. As events in Queensland and Victoria have demonstrated, floods can occur in a flash. In Queensland’s floods, they coined the term ‘inland tsunami’ to describe the sudden devastation. Putting a youthful face to Tasmanian portraiture. Tasmania’s premier youth portraiture award is the result of a highly successful partnership between RACT Insurance, Clemenger Tasmania, GEON and Tasmanian Regional Arts. The objective of the award is to foster the development of young Tasmanian artists and provide an opportunity for the public to appreciate the talents of Tasmania’s youth. Tasmanian artists aged 30 and under are invited to paint a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them. An artist statement describing the inspiration and meaning behind the artwork is also submitted. Trent Sayers, CEO of RACT Insurance, believes the success of the competition, now in its third year, is partly due to its unique nature. “The RACT Insurance Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize is unique,” said Sayers. “We believe it is the only such competition in Australia. The prize achieves a number of objectives. It provides a platform for young artists to both exhibit and benchmark their artistic ability.” Sayers also believes that the prize provides a lasting legacy for Tasmanians. “It also builds a body of portraiture art for generations to come, reflecting Tasmanian society in the early 21st century. Importantly, it gives Tasmanians the chance to recognise the many heroes that live among us – whether they be well-known Tasmanians or simply a Tasmanian who has inspired a young artist.” The 2011 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize will be announced on 9 September 2011 at Academy Gallery in Launceston. First prize is $5000 and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney. Conditions of entry and registration forms are available at www.typp.com.au Entries close at 5pm, 30 June 2011. Printed by www.typp.com.au0591 Photograph courtesy of Ross Marsden, the Mercury. Photograph courtesy of Chris Kidd, the Mercury. A safety message brought to you by 0591_DPS_Journeys.indd 1-2 3/03/11 3:31 PM
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