Be prepared for storm season

During storm season in Queensland, severe storms can strike at any time, so it pays to be prepared.

Here are some tips on how to be prepared for storm season:

Prepare your home

There are simple things you can do to minimise the impact of storms on your home:

  • Clean out your gutters, downpipes and drains
  • Remove tree branches close to your house
  • Secure loose items around your property
  • Check your roof to make sure it’s in good condition
  • Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas

Develop an Emergency Plan

Prepare yourself and other family members by creating your own emergency plan, which covers:

  • The location of the safest room to shelter and exit points in the house
  • Where to go if you need to evacuate
  • What to do with any pets
  • A review of your insurance to ensure it’s adequate and current
  • Any requirements for those with medical conditions or special needs

Create a Home Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit contains essential items you may need during and after a severe storm. It should sustain you for at least three days and be kept in a waterproof box in an easy to access location. The following basic items should be included:

  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Torch (battery operated or wind-up)
  • Portable radio (battery operated or wind-up)
  • First Aid kit
  • Important documents, including insurance papers, and cash in a waterproof bag
  • Essential medication and any special items
  • Drinking water and non-perishable food for three days
  • Toiletries
  • Mobile phone, spare battery and charger

Tune into warnings

  • Turn to local radio or TV for storm warnings and weather updates
  • Log on to Bureau of Meteorology (bom.gov.au) for storm alerts
  • Listen out for Emergency Alert messages on your mobile or for emergency service warning sirens
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