Many areas of Queensland are subject to severe storms and even cyclones. Here are a few things you can do to plan for storms, to help prevent injuries to people and damage to homes.
Prepare your home by clearing the yard of any loose materials that may become wind-blown hazards, for example outdoor furniture, building materials and garden debris.
Prepare an emergency kit containing:
- a list of emergency phone numbers
- a portable, battery-operated radio
- a torch and spare batteries
- fresh water in sealed containers
- canned food
- a first aid kit
- a combination pocket knife
- medication and toiletry supplies
- pet food and other pet supplies
- money, including change for telephone calls
- woollen blankets.
Prepare a household evacuation plan by:
- making a list of tasks to complete before evacuating, for example, switching off water, power and gas at the mains and sandbagging drains
- identifying a safe place to evacuate to.
The department will attend to any damage caused to its properties by storms, but the department is not responsible for damage or loss of tenants' personal property.
All households should consider their options for contents insurance over potential loss or damage to items of value such as furniture, electrical goods, clothing and other household items.
For more information about preparing for the storm season, visit the Emergency Services website.
For weather warnings and updates, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
If you need assistance during flood or storm emergencies, contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.