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Preparing for storm season text version

Read the text version of the Preparing for storm season video.

Ash Pringle: Some of the very simple things you can do to prepare your home this season include looking for overhanging branches, clearing out your gutters and cleaning out your backyard to make sure there are no objects that could fly away in high winds. We often talk about things like looking out for overhanging branches and power lines. It’s amazing how quickly a fallen tree can bring down a power line. And it creates a very dangerous thing for you and your family.

Don’t forget your back yard or your balcony, those everyday outdoor items that might become projectiles in high winds. The last thing you want is for them to blow away and damage your home or the homes of your neighbors.

And in planning your storm season this year- think about the three days – how are you going to survive three days without help from outside. That includes thinking about the special needs you might have for your family and pets. Things like medications. That's why it's important to put together an emergency kit and have it handy incase severe weather strikes.

And if you live near bushland, there's some other things you need to think about when things start getting dry from August to December. Keep a gap between your house and the bush, clear out those gutters, don't add fuel by putting green waste over the fence and make sure there's access for emergency crews.

A big part of planning for storm season is knowing your property's flood risk because flooding can happen in a number of ways, not just river and creek flooding but also from king tides, storm surges and, during heavy downpours, from overland flow stormwater flooding. Get online and check out Council's flood maps to see how you are affected by flooding.

And while your there, sign up to Council's Early Warning Alert Service to receive free severe weather alerts either by SMS, email or recorded phone message.

Remember, if you need SES help in flood or storm emergencies, call 132 500. But in a life threatening emergency, 000 is always the number you need to call.

So that's some of the simple things so can do to protect your property and your family this summer storm season. For more tips on being prepared visit Brisbane City Council's website or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Preparing your emergency kit text version

Read the text version of the Preparing your emergency kit video.

Travis: Hi, I’m Travis from the Brisbane City SES. Most of us look forward to summer – but there are some things we all need to do to make sure we’re prepared for all that summer can bring, including the storm season. One of those easiest is to prepare your home emergency kit.

The reason why every home needs one is because summer storms, cyclones, floods or other disasters could cut us off from outside help – leaving us without power, phones, internet, or even safe drinking water.

The big question you need to ask here is what would your family need to keep going for three days without all those things we all take for granted.

Some of the basics that all emergency kits should have include:

  • non-perishable food – especially food in tins, and food that doesn’t need cooking
  • plenty of bottled drinking water
  • torches with spare batteries – a much safer option than candles and kerosene lanterns
  • a portable radio, again with spare batteries - without power, phones and internet, this could the only way too to stay in touch with what is going on around you
  • and of course, a well-stocked first aid kit

You should also think about adding

  • medicines that you and your family take
  • if you have babies or young children, all those special things you’d need to care for them for three days
  • and think also about your pets – think about what you need to take care of them for three days too

When you’ve got all that together, best place for it is in a good quality plastic tub with a waterproof lid, kept somewhere that’s easy to get to. And as we approach summer, get into the habit now of planning ahead with simple habits like:

  • keeping your mobile phone, laptops and tablets charged
  • filling prescriptions before they run low
  • stocking up on some extra tin food, and keeping some long-life milk in the pantry
  • storing passports and other important documents in a sealed ziplock plastic bag – and knowing where they are if ever need to evacuate in a hurry

Everyone’s emergency kit is going to be a little different – and in planning yours, remember those three days – what will you and your family need if you were cut off from outside help for three days?

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather this summer, visit Brisbane City Council’s website or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Last updated:9 May 2019