Be ready for the next storm

A Household Emergency Plan is vital in ensuring you and your family know what to do during and after a severe storm.

Every member of your household should be involved in developing your Home Emergency Plan, discussing things such as how a severe storm could impact on your home, the location of exit points in the house, where to go if you need to evacuate, and how to stay in contact if you’re separated from each other.

Talk to your neighbours about emergency action plans to ensure people get the help they need before, during and after severe storms.

EmergencyKit-shutterstock_62356906An Emergency Kit contains essential items that you and other members of your household may need during and after a severe storm. Your emergency kit should be able to sustain you for at least three days in case essential services have been disrupted or you have been isolated by floodwater.

The following basic items should be included in your Home Emergency Kit: Portable radio (with batteries or wind-up); torch (with batteries or wind-up); first aid kit; sturdy gloves; important documents and cash in waterproof bags; essential medication; and drinking water and non-perishable food for three days.

Keep your kit in a waterproof box and store it in an easy to access location. Check your Home Emergency Kit regularly and re-stock any out-of-date items.

There are also simple things you can do to minimise the impact of storms on your home and surrounding property.

Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. Keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear.

Remove tree branches that are close to your house. Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber. Secure loose items around your property.

Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current. Identify the safest room in which to shelter during a storm.

Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas. Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand.

If you live in a flood-prone area, store poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level. Identify indoor items you’ll need to raise or empty if flood threatens. Relocate power points well above previous flood levels.

Important: do not use portable generators in enclosed spaces. They produce carbon monoxide – a colourless and odourless gas that can cause incapacitation or death.

– Sourced from Queensland SES. Get more advice from



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