Residents clean up after the recent storms at Goodna.
Residents clean up after the recent storms at Goodna.

Council issues warning to be prepared for storms

WITH summer storm season well and truly upon us council has reminded residents to ensure they are prepared for natural disasters.

City Infrastructure Committee Chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said a range of information to help people stay storm smart was available at www.Ipswich.qld.gov.au

"The website includes evacuation plans, emergency plans, emergency kits, home preparations and pet emergency plans," Cr Bromage said.

"I urge all residents to visit the site and work through the various checklists to ensure they are well prepared. Being unprepared can lead to unnecessary property damage and heartache."

Cr Bromage said the checklists were available in 15 languages including Indonesian, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, Samoan, Greek, Hindi, Hmong, Punjabi, Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese.

She said residents could take a few simple steps to prepare for storm season.

"Residents should clear leaves from gutters and roof valleys and check that their roof is in good condition," Cr Bromage said.

"They also need to discuss an emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit with items such as bottled water, candles, a torch and a battery operated radio."

Before storm season:

* Trim tree branches well clear of your house.

* Have a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries.

* Have a first aid kit and basic first aid knowledge.

* List your emergency contact numbers.

* Clear yard of loose objects.

* Clean and check roof, guttering and downpipes.

* Familiarise your family with the Get Ready fact sheets at www.Ipswich.qld.gov.au

* Have masking tape (for glass), plastic sheeting and large garbage bags (for rain protection).

As the storm approaches:

* Listen to local radio for information.

* Shelter and secure pets and animals.

* Shelter vehicles or cover with tarpaulin/blankets.

* Disconnect all electrical appliances.

When the storm strikes:

* Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, in the strongest part of the house.

* If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress, blanket, doona or tarpaulin, under a table.

* Listen to your portable radio for storm updates.

* If outdoors find emergency shelter (not under a tree).

* If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines or streams.

* Avoid using the telephone during the storm.

After the storm passes:

* Check your house for damage.

* Listen to local radio for official warnings/advice.

* If you don't need help, check your neighbours.

* Beware of fallen power lines, damaged buildings and trees and flooded watercourses.

* Do not go sightseeing, stay home and help others.

In emergencies dial 000 for police, ambulance or the fire brigade, or 132 500 for the SES.