Be Storm & Flood Prepared and Tell the Visitors

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging all South-East Queensland residents to be prepared for severe weather and to make sure we spread the word about our storm and flood concerns.

storm-season-readyState Emergency Services (SES) Brisbane Regional Manager Steve Waddell says it was important for us all, holidays or not, to be on the watch for storms and floods by taking time to consider their emergency plan and detail actions to take, if extreme weather was to occur.

“For us as locals an emergency plan should detail the actions family members take before, during and after an event and should include having an emergency kit prepared.”

“If residents are planning to go away, they should remember to ensure their home is ready for severe storms by cleaning gutters, removing overhanging branches and securing loose objects inside before leaving for their trip.”

Mr Waddell said during this time of the year, both international and interstate tourists visited our region and surrounding sightseeing ‘hot spots’ and it was important that as residents did their part by imparting local knowledge to visitors to help ensure they’re not caught off-guard by Mother Nature.

flood-warning-sign“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a resident, a tourist provider, café or convenience store worker or even chatting to a tourist on a stroll, we’re in a great position to pass on valuable information.”

“Many tourists may have never experienced a Queensland bushfire, severe storm or flood and might be unsure what actions they will need to take.”

“Locals can tell tourists how they can stay up-to-date with warnings, ensure they know to remain indoors during a severe storm and be aware of the dangers associated with flash flooding.”

“If on holiday, or even just taking a day trip, holiday makers should consider the potential for flooding and plan their trip so that they don’t become stranded.”

And if you are visiting the region here’s a couple of reminders:
• Take note of warning signs that tell of local dangers;
• Carry maps and remember the names of local roads and landmarks so if stranded, you can tell rescuers where you are.