GET Ready For Storm Season

It's the perfect time to do a few quick jobs around the house to help get you and your family ready for bushfire and storm season.
Clearing out blocked drains and gutters, and cleaning up your yard are all great ways to get ready.




WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE A STORM?

  • Check and clean roof, gutters and downpipes
  • Trim trees and clear garden debris Identify loose objects on decks or in gardens that might need to be secured or put away
  • Have an emergency plan and a fully stocked emergency kit
WHAT SHOULD I DO AS A STORM APPROACHES?
  • Ensure mobile phones are fully charged or that there is access to a phone which does not require mains power to operate
  • Keep a torch handy Secure loose items
  • Place vehicles under cover
  • Secure all external doors and windows
  • Shelter and secure pets and animals
  • Tune your battery-operated radio for weather warnings and advice
  • Disconnect unneeded electrical appliances
  • Keep your emergency kit close by
  • Be aware of neighbours who may need assistance
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED?
  • For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000)
  • If you require emergency assistance with storm damage such as damage to roofs and fallen trees on buildings call the SES on 13 25 00
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines.
  • Contact Energex for power updates on 13 62 62
  • Continue to listen to battery-operated radio for updates
  • Assess any damage to property.
  • Consider what you can do to secure and repair damage
  • Check the safety and wellbeing of neighbours
BEFORE CALLING THE SES
  • Consider whether your property has sustained serious damage Is it an emergency requiring SES assistance?
  • If you are renting your home, speak to your real estate agent to organise a tradesperson
  • If you are a home owner, consider how you could arrange to have the damage fixed Could your family or friends help, or can you call a tradesperson?
WHEN DO I CALL THE SES? Call the SES
  • if you require additional assistance, including if:
  • Your house or roof has sustained serious damage from falling trees, flying debris or wind
  • You need assistance because living spaces such as bedrooms, kitchen or lounge room are getting wet
STOCK YOUR EMERGENCY KIT AHEAD OF TIME. IT SHOULD INCLUDE BASICS SUCH AS:
  • A portable, battery-operated radio and torch with fresh or spare batteries and bulb
    A list of radio stations for emergency information Gas or battery-operated lantern
  • Enough fresh water and tinned food for three days
  • A firstaid kit