Brisbane summer is a fantastic mix of storms and extreme heat, but with severe weather comes the need for preparation. So with an El Nino on the way, what can we Queenslanders do to prepare ourselves?
It feels like a world away but summer and the severe weather that it brings is just around the corner and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to get prepared now.
“We know all too well that Brisbane’s beautiful subtropical climate also means our city is prone to severe weather and it is important we take the necessary steps now to prepare our homes, units, backyards and balconies for the dangers that high winds, heavy rains and extreme heat can bring,” Cr Quirk says.
Cr Quirk today launched Council’s ‘Be Prepared’ All Hazard awareness campaign encouraging residents to prepare now for Brisbane’s unpredictable summer weather such as flash flooding, storms and bushfires.
“Simple actions including preparing an emergency kit, signing up for the Early Warning Alert Service and cleaning up can reduce the impact of a severe weather event.
“The Early Warning Network provides a “heads up” about potential severe thunderstorms and enables residents to take appropriate precautions necessary to keep themselves and their families safe.
“Already we have 109,000 households to the Early Warning Network but Council offers a free subscription to every household in Brisbane, and every family can benefit by contacting Council or visiting Council’s website to sign up,” Cr Quirk says.
Cr Quirk also encouraged homeowners and residents to get storm prepared with the following steps:
- clean up the yard, clean gutters and downpipes of leaf litter, and check the roof and skylights are in good condition.
- if a storm is approaching, secure loose items in your backyard or on your balcony.
- if flooding is likely, ensure valuables are stored up high.
- prepare an emergency kit, which should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.
- sign up to the Early Warning Alert Service at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared.
Queensland’s bushfire season runs from August to December each year while the south east summer storm season is typically experience from September through to March.
To find more information on preparing your home and property, you can take the Council’s ‘Be Prepared’ checklist online by clicking here.