Storm safety

Severe weather is a natural part of living in Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate. Every year, Brisbane experiences severe weather and it’s important to take the time to prepare your family, pets and property. The following tips offer advice on what you should have in your emergency kit and how to stay safe before, during and after a severe weather event.

Prepare for storms

Before the storm season begins, prepare an emergency kit and trim tree branches well clear of your house. If your property has large trees, arrange for an arborist to carry out a check-up.

You should also:

  • check and clean your roof, gutters and downpipes
  • identify loose objects in your yard and on your balcony, such as outdoor furniture and toys that will have to be put away or secured if a storm approaches
  • use sandbags to reduce the impact of flooding on your home or business
  • have masking tape and plastic sheeting or large garbage bags available for emergency rain protection
  • familiarise your household with the following tips and information when a storm strikes.

Storm emergency kit

Prepare an emergency kit with these suggested items:

  • a portable battery operated radio and torch with fresh or spare batteries and bulb
  • a list of Brisbane radio stations for emergency information
  • candles with waterproof matches or a gas lantern
  • reasonable stocks of fresh water and tinned or dried food
  • a first aid kit and basic first aid knowledge
  • good supplies of essential medication
  • strong shoes and rubber gloves
  • a waterproof bag for clothing and valuables – put valuables and certificates in the bag and put the bag in a safe place
  • a list of your emergency contact numbers
  • a car charger for your mobile phone

As the storm approaches

When a severe storm approaches, make sure you have your mobile phone close by, and it has a fully charged battery. Listen to a local Brisbane radio station for information and disconnect all electrical appliances. Place your vehicles under cover or cover with tarpaulins or blankets. Shelter and secure your pets and animals.

When the storm strikes

When a severe storm strikes, stay inside, keep away from windows and remain in the strongest part of the house, which is usually the bathroom or cellar. If you are outdoors, find emergency shelter and do not stand under trees.

You should:

  • listen to your portable radio for storm updates
  • if driving, stop clear of trees, powerlines and creeks
  • avoid using the telephone during the storm.

After the storm passes

After the storm has passed, listen to your local radio for official warnings and advice. If you need emergency assistance, phone:

  • 000 (triple zero) – for life threatening emergencies
  • the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 – for temporary roof repairs or sandbagging.

If you don’t need help, check if your neighbours do.

It’s important after a storm to:

  • check your house for damage
  • stay away from fallen powerlines. Report all fallen powerlines to Energex on 13 19 62
  • beware of damaged buildings, trees and flooded watercourses
  • be available to help neighbours if required.

To report power interruptions, phone Energex on 13 62 62.

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