Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging north Queenslanders not to be complacent the up-coming storm and cyclone season, and prepare themselves and their properties now.
“Cyclones are part of life in north Queensland and the best way to ensure the safety of you and your family is to prepare your property well in advance of a disaster.”
“Cyclones and natural disasters rarely give much warning and preparing your property now can protect your home from damage, and you and your family from injury.”
Mr Forde says there were simple steps every resident should be taking now to prepare their homes before severe weather hits.
“Now is the time to check the condition of your roof, repair loose tiles and clean gutters and downpipes so water can drain away as quickly as possible during a downpour.”
“If you can’t check your roof yourself hire a professional builder to check your building and identify measures to increase its structural security to withstand severe weather and high winds.”
“Take a look at your garden and trim trees and overhanging branches. Secure loose items that could cause damage if blown around in high winds, such as garden furniture and toys.”
Mr Forde reiterated that every north Queensland household should have an emergency kit and emergency plan.
“An emergency plan is vital, so you and your family know what to do during and after a severe weather event. It’s a good idea to practice your emergency plan with everyone in your household, including your pets, to make sure everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.”
“Discuss your emergency kit with your children and make sure they know what items are included and where it is kept. Everyone in your household should be involved in your disaster preparations so they understand the risks and appropriate actions required in an emergency.”