The summer storm season is upon us, and Council is getting the message out there that residents should take simple steps now to prepare and protect their families, pets and properties.
Storms can result in property damage, power outages, and isolation due to floodwaters and debris. So knowing and preparing for emergency situations is not only crucial but can pay great dividends if, and when severe weather occurs.
Historically we have felt the brunt of the severe storm season from November through to January; however thunderstorms can start as early as October and appear through to February — so it’s never too early to get ready.
As a first resource, residents can visit Council’s website via brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared to access a number of useful online tools, including three instructional videos:
- Preparing an emergency kit,
- Preparing your home, and
- How to use sandbags.
The website also features updated Flood Information online tools, including Flood Awareness Maps showing flood risk, types of flooding, and historical flood maps. It’s a good idea to have a proper understanding of your home’s flood risk, wherever you live in our city.
There’s also a number of simple steps (also available on the website) that residents can take to prepare — namely:
- Clean up your yard. Trim tree branches clear of the house, and remove any green waste.
- Check and clean your roof, skylights, gutters and downpipes.
- Secure loose items. If a storm is approaching, make sure to secure any loose items in the yard such as toys and outdoor furniture so they don’t become potentially dangerous missiles.
- Shelter and secure pets, and put vehicles under cover if possible or cover with blankets.
- Store valuables up high if flooding is likely to affect your property.
- Prepare an emergency kit. This should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.
- Identify the location of the closest Council depot offering collection of free pre-filled sandbags.
- Sign up to Council’s Early Warning Alert Service on Council’s website. Join nearly 90,000 households who have already signed up for the free service which will notify residents of any urgent emergency alerts that may potentially affect their residential address via email, SMS, and/or home phone.
It’s these simple steps that can make all the difference when disaster strikes, so let’s get ready for summer storms, Brisbane!