WEATHER: Thunderstorms will hit the Central and North Burnett for the rest of the week.
WEATHER: Thunderstorms will hit the Central and North Burnett for the rest of the week. photos.com

Be prepared for storm season

IN THE wake of the fierce storm that hit Fernvale on Tuesday, Ipswich City Council has warned residents to prepare for storm season.

The council and state government launched the Get Ready Queensland initiative in the city early this month with a wealth of information available to help residents prepare.

City Infrastructure Committee Chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said as part of the Get Ready Queensland initiative council wanted to remind the community that they needed to be prepared for natural disasters, especially during storm season.

Cr Bromage said a range of information to help people prepare for emergencies was available at www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/residents/emergency_management/

"Information includes evacuation plans, emergency plans, emergency kits, home preparations and pet emergency plans," she said.

"I urge all residents to visit this site and work through the various checklists to ensure they are well prepared.

Being unprepared can lead to unnecessary property damage and heartache."

She said residents could take a few simple steps to prepare for storm season.

"Householders should not only clear leaves from gutters and roof valleys but also check that their roof is sound and free from any damage which may cause internal water damage," Cr Bromage said.

"They also need to discuss an emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit with items such as bottled water, candles, a torch and a battery operated radio."

Tips to prepare include:

Before storm season:

  • Trim tree branches well clear of your house.
  • Have a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries.
  • Have a first aid kit and basic first aid knowledge.
  • List your emergency contact numbers.
  • Clear yard of loose objects.
  • Clean and check roof, guttering and downpipes.

As the storm approaches:

  • Listen to local radio for information.
  • Shelter and secure pets and animals.
  • Shelter vehicles or cover with tarpaulin/blankets.
  • Disconnect all electrical appliances.

When the storm strikes:

  • Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, in the strongest part of the house.
  • If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress, blanket, doona or tarpaulin, under a table.
  • Listen to your portable radio for storm updates.
  • If outdoors find emergency shelter (not under a tree).
  • If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines or streams.
  • Avoid using the telephone during the storm.

After the storm passes:

  • Check your house for damage.
  • Listen to local radio for official warnings/advice.
  • If you need emergency assistance, dial 000 for police, ambulance or the fire brigade or the SES on 132 500.
  • If you don't need help, check your neighbours.

Beware of fallen power lines, damaged buildings and trees and flooded watercourses. Do not go sightseeing, stay home and help others.



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