I was reading the local paper today and it has a huge spread on getting ready for storm season. It got me thinking about all of you who are new to our beautiful city. Summer storms in Brisbane are part of our life and it is best to get prepared early so you feel safe and calm.
So I am going to share some of the tips that come from the story in the Westside News.
Before the storm season begins, prepare an emergency kit and make sure you have a family emergency plan.
Clean up your property, clean out gutters and downpipes, trim trees and make sure you can easily stow any loose equipment or furniture that is in your garden.
Identify potential hazards such as loose objects or outdoor furniture and toys that will need securing.
Ensure your home, contents and car insurance policies are up to date to cover your assets adequately.
Sign up for Brisbane City Council’s early warning alerts.
A portable battery-operated radio and torch with fresh or spare batteries and bulb.
A list of Brisbane radio stations for emergency information
Gas or battery operated lantern
Reasonable stocks of fresh water and tinned or dried food
A first aid kit
Good supplies of essential medication
Strong shoes and rubber gloves
A waterproof bag for clothing and valuables – put valuables and insurance certificates and put the bag in a safe place
A list of your emergency contact numbers:
FIRE, POLICE, AMBULANCE: 000 (call for life threatening situations)
STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE: 132500 (can help sandbag and tarp roofs)
ENERGEX: 131962 (will have a time when the power will be back on)
A car charger for your mobile
Hi Sarah here 🙂 we also have a safety secure box which is fire and water proof , and in it we keep all important documents and major life things , and this is portable so if we ever have to evacuate we can just grab it. We also have a back up of all our computers and pictures on a hard drive so if and when, we know that these are not going to be ruined . One other tip we have learnt along the way is to write all your insurance details down ( just so you know who to call) and give them to a trusted friend or family member so there is a back up somewhere else along with a copy of your hard drive of photos 🙂
Back to you Chrissy 🙂
Okay so now you are prepared for a storm to hit. Remember to stay calm and if it is severe we always head to a small room with no windows or only a small one. I will do another post on what to do once the storm has hit shortly.
So don’t delay, get prepared.
The Joy Girls