Make Sure You Survive the Storm Season
It’s been a stormy start to 2018, and with more forecast, it’s important to ensure that you and your loved ones survive the storm season. Severe storms can strike at any time. They are often unpredictable and can cause major damage to property, as well as serious injury and even loss of life.
Are you prepared?
Create a home emergency kit, which includes a portable radio, torch, First Aid kit, sturdy gloves, important documents and cash in waterproof bags, essential medication and drinking water and non-perishable food for three days.
Ensure your home is prepared: Check your roof, keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear, remove tree branches that are close to your house and secure loose items around your property.
Tune into warnings on your local radio and TV station for storm warnings and weather updates.
During a storm
Get your home emergency kit.
Stay inside and well clear of windows, doors and skylights.
Shelter in the safest part of your house (internal room, hallway, built-in wardrobe or cellar).
Avoid using electrical appliances.
If outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a solid, enclosed space.
If driving, turn on your hazard lights and pull over away from trees, power lines, drains and waterways.
Stay tuned to the radio or other media for warnings, updates and advice.
After a storm
Listen to the radio or other media for updates and advice
Check your house and property for damage
Stay clear of fallen power lines, trees, damaged buildings and waterways
Check on your neighbours to see if they need help
Do not go sightseeing
Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it. Plan to deal with flooded roads on your regular journeys - whether that’s staying in or finding a safer way to travel.
Southern Downs Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Tracy Dobie said that preservation of life is the most important thing during a storm event. “Being prepared for a major storm event is the best way to stay safe. Make sure you download the MY SDRC app to gain access to alerts and updates during this storm season.”
For life threatening emergencies call 000 immediately.
For emergency flood or storm assistance, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.
In case of power outage or fallen power lines call Ergon Energy on 13 22 96.
To report issues such as fallen trees and road damage, the best option is to use the MY SDRC app.
For more information about preparing for and surviving storm season: