North and Far North Queensland students from Years 5 to 9 have put on their thinking caps to develop strategies for communities to stay safe during natural disasters, as part of the Disaster Resilience for a Changing Climate Grand Challenge delivered by the Queensland Virtual STEM Academy at Thuringowa State High School, Townsville.

The students were required to collaborate with experts to develop their solutions for the Grand Challenge, a nine-week-course which started on 26 February.

The Get Ready Queensland team has been very excited to see all the bright and innovative ideas coming out of the Grand Challenge.

All residents share a responsibility to be ready to take precautions and actions before, during and after extreme climate events.

Experience has shown us communities that are well prepared and supported before a disaster occurs are more resilient and able to recover faster.

With Queensland being the most disaster-impacted state in Australia, Queenslanders need a ‘What-if Plan’, because when it comes to natural disasters, it’s not a matter of if, but when.