Top tips for getting through the storm season

ANYWHERE, ANYTIME: A storm smashed through units in Akeringa Pl, Mooloolaba, in June.
ANYWHERE, ANYTIME: A storm smashed through units in Akeringa Pl, Mooloolaba, in June. Warren Lynam

A LITTLE bit of work right now can save a lot of money, trouble and even a life later on.

That is the message from authorities who want people to be prepared as Queensland moves into storm season.

State Emergency Services local controller Janet Scott said the SES, other emergency services and the Sunshine Coast Council were trying to get the message across to people to be prepared but many were very complacent about storms.

"If people do a bit of work around the home before storm season, it can prevent a lot of damage and pain in the long run," Mrs Scott said.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, speaking at the opening of a new Nambour SES depot at Woombye during Get Ready week, said newcomers to the region who were not used to summer thunderstorms particularly needed to heed warnings and think ahead.

"Make sure you've got a supply of water, torches, batteries, dried food. If you've got to survive for a couple of days without electricity, what would you need to have, and that would be a good start, and don't underestimated it won't happen to you," he said.

"It's happened to plenty of other people before who thought exactly the same way."

Mr Jamieson said newcomers to the region should not underestimate the need to be prepared.

"People need to always consider what might happen in the worst of circumstances and then be prepared for that, particularly people who have moved here in recent times and haven't endured a summer of storms and flooding and high winds and the like.

"Those people should take a bit of time to understand what could happen where they live and be prepared for it and don't get on the phone after it's happened seeking support from emergency services who are very thin on the ground invariably when times really busy."


The new SES depot at Nambour has officially opened.
The new SES depot at Nambour has officially opened. Warren Lynam

Mr Jamieson said investment in the new SES depot at Woombye was small in comparison to the value of what the SES delivered to the community during disasters or other emergencies.

The Nambour SES has been searching for a permanent home for about 20 years and has moved into a disused council depot on the Palmwoods-Woombye Rd, where the council will add to the existing storage sheds by building a training room for volunteers.

Ms Scott said the new location was stable, central, away from flooding, with easy access to the highway and could potentially allow SES volunteers to get to areas of need, particularly in communities surrounding Nambour, faster.

Get Ready trips from the RACQ:

1. Check roof, repair loose tiles, eaves, screws.

2. Clean gutters and downpipes so water can drain away.

3. Trim trees and overhanging branches.

4. Secure loose items.

5. Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and up-to-date.

6. Identify the strongest room in the house in case you need to take shelter.

7. Identify how to turn off mains supply for water, power and gas.

8. Purchase emergency essentials such as containers for drinking water and spare fuel, masking tape for windows, hessian bags and sand for sandbagging.

When severe weather warnings are issued:

1. Disconnect electrical appliances and external television and radio aerials.

2. Turn off electricity and gains main supplies.

3. Secure outdoor furniture and garden items.

4. Fill buckets and bath will clean water.

5. Close windows with shutters or use strong tape in criss-cross pattern and draw curtains.

6. Park vehicles under cover, away from trees, powerlines and waterways.

7. If you cannot access undercover shelter for your vehicles, security with firmly tied blankets to prevent hail damage.

8. Check all household members are safe and in the strongest room in the house.

9. Take your emergency kit with you.

10. Tune in and listen to your local radio station for updates.

Topics:  mayor nambour ses state emergency service stormprep2016 storm season warnings woombye

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