Would you be able to look after yourself for a few days following a disaster? Cyclone and storm season is upon us, and it is important that we are all prepared. Some important points to consider when preparing for an emergency:
- Have an Emergency Plan, which includes a list of important emergency and related phone numbers. Discuss with your household what you all will do should disaster strike. Consider plans for pets and animals.
- If you live in an area that may be impacted by flooding or storm tide, ensure you have an evacuation plan and have organised temporary accommodation with family, friends or neighbours in ‘higher places’ if you need to evacuate. Make sure you know which storm tide zone you are in. Storm tide mapping is available on Council’s website and coloured stickers designating the zones are inside the electricity meter box of most properties. To check if your area is at risk of storm surge please view the appropriate Storm Surge Maps.
- Have an emergency kit that includes items such as non-perishable food, water and a first aid kit that is in a safe and accessible location. Ensure you have enough medications for any pre-existing medical conditions.
- Have a battery-operated radio to tune in and listen to your local emergency radio station for updates, warnings and safety messages.
- General maintenance and preparations of your home. Check the roof and building, clean out guttering and drainage. Remove branches or trees that could cause damage to the house. Identify the strongest area of the house (usually the smallest room). Secure items around the property that could cause damage in high winds.
- Check your insurance on home, car and contents is adequate and appropriate.
- If you are in a flood-prone area take steps to ensure you and your property are safe and best protected. Have an evacuation plan should your area be at risk of flooding.
For more important information please visit www.getready.qld.gov.au .