Get Ready Week, 10-16 October 2021, kicked off a series of events across the state to help Queenslanders prepare their homes and communities for the upcoming severe weather season.

While we can’t control the weather, we can prepare for it and the Get Ready team hit the headlines and the streets to raise awareness of the three steps and to get people preparing their families, pets and gardens for severe weather.

Here’s a wrap of the week.

Official launch at Milton State School

The week’s activities began with rugby league legend and Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston joining Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan for the official launch of Get Ready Week 2021 at Milton State School on Monday 11 October.

More than 50 students from years 4 and 5 took part, playing games and live-crossing to students in Cunnamulla, through the NBN muster truck, for a quick hello with JT and a disaster quiz.

The Bureau of Meteorology also released their Severe Weather Outlook for 2021/2022 reporting that Queenslanders can expect more cyclones, severe storms and flooding through to early 2022.

Get Ready Week 2021 Wrap up


Awareness Campaign

Get Ready Week also marks the launch of the 2021 Get Ready awareness campaign with advertisements promoting the three steps across television, radio and social media for the next six weeks.

With so many new residents about to experience their first Queensland summer, we launched a series of fun new videos encouraging recent arrivals to take the three steps.

Visit the Get Ready 2021 Campaign page to learn more!

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Get Ready Queensland Schools Competition

This year we had entries from nearly 50 classes for the Get Ready Queensland Schools Competition.

Almost 1,000 students completed Get Ready activities to help them learn about severe weather and disasters.

The winner, Mary MacKillop Catholic College in Highfields, Toowoomba, was announced on our Facebook page and it was inspiring to see so many students integrate the competition into their learning program for the year.

Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston will be visiting the winning school this term.

School competition collage

On the streets

The Get Ready Queensland team was out and about in the community this week to share with Queenslanders the importance of being prepared for severe weather. Take a look at some of the highlights:

Plantapalooza 2021 Snakes and Ladders
The Get Ready team set up a stall at Plantapalooza Brisbane Markets, where we had our giant ‘Snakes and Ladders’ game for the public to play.


Bribie Island Emergency Expo 2021
QFES’ Paddy and the Get Ready Queensland team made a splash at Bribie Island for the Get Ready Emergency Expo.





JT NBN GRQweek 2021
Johnathan Thurston doing a live cross between the students at Cunnamulla and Milton State School with the help of our partners at NBN Australia.