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29 October, 2021

Rainy-day activities for Douglas

ACTIVITY books are a great way to pass the time on a rainy day. However, Douglas Shire Council’s latest activity and colouring books are designed to assist residents and families prepare for the coming storm and cyclone season.

By Peter McCullagh

Council’s Disaster Management Officer Jamie Kleinhans with the new Get Ready Activity Books

The new activity books will be distributed to local primary schools as part of a pre-cyclone season push for Douglas to ‘Get Ready’.

The books are designed to teach young children and their families how to stay safe during disasters and emergencies through fun activities such as crosswords, colouring pages, games, and fun activity all with a serious message at the core.

There are two activity books available on Council’s website for residents to download for free or residents cancollect a hardcopy from Council’s offices.

There’s Wild Weather in Douglas Shire – Activity Book 2021, and a colouring book titled Storm Season.

The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group, Mossman State Emergency Services (SES) and Council’s Local Laws team will be attending schools and community centres from October to December to raise awareness and distribute useful resources.

Council’s Disaster Management Officer Jamie Kleinhans believes educating children about the importance of disaster preparation is incredibly important.

“Kids play a key role in reinforcing the message at home about the importance of being prepared for disaster season,” she said.

“From conversation around the dinner table to helping with preparations for the season, kids can help reduce the risks and impacts of potential disasters.”

“The activity books will help children learn about common disasters and how to prepare for them in a creative and fun way.”

“Extreme weather is part of living in beautiful Douglas Shire. We can’t change the weather, but we can be prepared.”

The community engagement sessions will cover topics such as the importance of communicating about a household emergency plan – as families should know and practice procedures for evacuation, shelter-in-place and lockdown; the type of items to pack in an emergency kit; what to do during a cyclone and what to do with your furry-child during a disaster.

There will be a lucky draw at each event. Douglas residents can also expect a few visits from Paddy the Platypus during these engagements.

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