With a few big storms of the season already over, it’s important that the community is prepared for the remainder of the storm season and know what to do in the event of an emergency. The first thing residents can do is ensure they are properly prepared.
Prepare your home:
- Check the condition of the roof and repair loose tiles, eaves and screws.
- Clean gutters and downpipes so water can drain away as quickly as possible.
- Trim trees and overhanging branches.
- Secure loose items that could cause damage if blown around in high winds (such as garden furniture and toys).
When severe weather warnings are issued:
- Disconnect electrical appliances and all external television and radio aerials.
- Turn off electricity and gas main supplies if instructed by emergency authorities.
- Secure outdoor furniture and other garden items.
- Park vehicles under cover, away from trees, powerlines and waterways. If you cannot access undercover shelter for your vehicles, secure with firmly tied blankets to minimise hail damage.
- Ensure your pets and animals are secure and safe.
- Report any danger.
If you become aware of fallen trees, power lines or any other emergency during a storm:
- For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
- For emergency flood or storm assistance, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.
- In case of power outage or fallen power lines call Ergon Energy on 13 22 96.
SES Local Controller Michael Bell says that preparation is key to weathering severe storms and encourages everyone in the community to ensure they have the SES app.
“During a severe weather event, the SES receives a high number of calls and it can be frustrating to those trying to get through,” Mr Bell said.
The app enables you to log a request for SES emergency assistance instead of phoning and waiting on hold during peak times.