Queenslanders urged to stay storm savvy

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging Queenslanders to stay storm savvy by finalising household preparations before severe weather strikes.


State Emergency Service (SES) Acting Regional Manager Mark Kelly said taking a few simple preventative steps now could save residents from storm-related stress later.


“Last storm season, the SES were called out to more than 800 jobs across the south-eastern region, with the majority of these tasks relating to structural damage [from overflowing roof gutters] or fallen trees,” Mr Kelly said.


“With the summer months upon us, we’re likely to see storm activity peak again so there’s simply no room for complacency.


“Some simple things you can do now to get ready for storms include clearing gutters and downpipes; checking the roof for loose or broken tiles; trimming trees and removing overhanging branches; and securing loose items in the yard.

“It’s also vital to have an emergency kit and an emergency plan, so you and your family know what to do during and after a severe weather event.


“Record important details in your plan, such as emergency–related phone numbers, details of electricity and other service providers, and contact details for relatives, friends and neighbours.


“It’s a good idea to practice your emergency plan with everyone in your household, including pets, to make sure everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.


“Take the time to stock up your emergency kit and make sure everyone knows what items are included and where they are kept.”


Mr Kelly said it was also important to flood-proof properties as much as possible, as heavy rain often led to flooding in parts of the region.


“Taking action now will help you to better cope with flood emergencies and prevent you from being caught off guard,” he said.


“Floods can occur almost anywhere and can rise over days, or in minutes in a ‘flash flood’.


“If flooding occurs, please heed the warnings. Check the status of roads before travelling and always stay out of floodwaters.


“Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.”


Residents who require storm and flood emergency assistance should call the SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000).


If you have to call the SES it means the damage to your property has been done. Where it is possible the SES will effect temporary repairs. In most cases the home owner will have to bear the cost of a tradesperson or insurance to make repairs permanent.


For more information on preparing for storm and cyclone season see https://getready.qld.gov.au/


20 December 2017.