Storm season is here and it looks like we won’t be drying off any time soon. The Bureau of Meteorology has reported Queenslanders can expect more cyclones, severe storms and flooding through to early 2022.
The official severe weather season starts in October and ends in March/April. Severe weather can happen at any time of the year, but late Spring to Autumn is when we are more likely to see major weather events.
Step 1: Understand your risk
Queensland experiences more disasters than anywhere else in Australia. In fact, we’ve had almost 90 significant disaster events in the past decade.
Generally, Queenslanders will face higher than average wet weather this season, but South East Queenslanders are also at a higher risk of bushfires.
Get to know your personal risks by talking to your local council and neighbours about the history of disasters in your area.
Once you know your weather risks, you need to reduce risks around your home. Clear your calendar for one day and get the whole family involved. Mow the grass, trim any overhanging branches, clear the gutters and clean up around the yard.
It’s also important to check your insurance. Our research shows that many Queenslanders don’t have the right cover if disaster strikes. Click here for some straightforward advice on how to check you’re covered.
Step 2: Make a Household Emergency Plan
The best way to support yourself and loved ones during a disaster is to plan for it now. A Household Emergency Plan details what you’ll do, where you’ll go and who you’ll call in an emergency. It can be extremely difficult to think clearly and make important decisions during a disaster. Your plan will save you stress and time when you need it most.
Pick a time this week to meet with everyone in your household, including your children. Talk about what you’d do if severe weather is on its way. Decide on a meeting place in case you aren’t home when the disaster hits. Contact family or friends in a different area and ask to stay with them if you need to evacuate. It will take around 30 minutes to make an emergency plan so it’s best to do around dessert time…
Click here to complete the Household Emergency Plan template then hang it on the fridge so everyone can see it.
Step 3: Pack an Emergency Kit
Natural disasters can cause major disruptions to essential services like power, gas and water, and limit access to supermarkets and pharmacies for crucial supplies. Now’s a great time to pull together supplies to keep you safe if you’re isolated for a few days.
We recommend packing supplies for at least three days for anyone living in urban areas. If you’re living in a rural area, consider packing supplies for at least three weeks.