It’s time to get your home and family prepared for storm season.
It is that time of year again and summer is quickly approaching us, which means that summer storms are on the way and there are things we can all be doing to prepare our homes.
Recently I 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.
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.
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.
Already we have 109,000 households signed up 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.
The Early Warning Network provides a “heads up” text message or email update about potential severe thunderstorms and enables residents to take appropriate precautions necessary to keep themselves and their families safe.
To help residents remove green waste hazards from their backyards, we are offering free green waste weekends at Council transfer stations on the 10th and 11th of October and the 24th and 25th October.
Council has also been preparing public land across the city to minimise the impacts of severe weather. Already this season we have undertaken 17 hazard reduction burns across more than 260 hectares of bushland in Brisbane to reduce our bushfire risk.
We’ve invested $4 million for fire preparedness, with hazard-reduction activity, maintaining fire-fighting equipment and undertaking fire trail maintenance, to prevent, prepare for and respond to bushfires.
Throughout the year Council undertakes regular tree trimming and drainage maintenance to ensure that Brisbane is prepared for an all hazards event at a time and this financial year we will spend $14 million on tree trimming and $29.7 million on drainage maintenance.
Be 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.
More information on preparing your home and property, or to see our ‘Be Prepared’ checklist, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared.