Be storm-pre­pared

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

EMER­GENCY Man­age­ment Queens­land has warned res­i­dents to start pre­par­ing for storm sea­son.

Af­ter Gayn­dah re­ceived a bat­ter­ing last week, it is im­per­a­tive house­holds are ready.

EMQ as­sis­tant di­rec­tor-gen­eral Bruce Grady said in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, fam­i­lies may be iso­lated from as­sis­tance for up to three days.

“I urge all Queens­lan­ders to ask them­selves whether they could cope on their own for a min­i­mum of three days if they were cut off by flood­ing or storm dam­age,” Mr Grady said.

“If the an­swer is no, then now is the time to have a think aboutwhat you need to do to be more self-suf­fi­cient.”

He said Queens­lan­ders needed to have an emer­gency plan in place.

“It is im­por­tant for res­i­dents to pre­pare a per­sonal evac­u­a­tion kit and an emer­gency kit that in­cludes enough wa­ter and non-per­ish­able food to last a min­i­mum of three days as well as es­sen­tial medicine, cloth­ing, bat­ter­ies, tools and sup­plies to keep you go­ing,” he said.

“They should also work to un­der­stand how you will get in­for­ma­tion dur­ing a dis­as­ter.

“This means hav­ing a bat­tery­pow­ered ra­dio, spare bat­ter­ies for your mo­bile phone or lap­top and a way to recharge your de­vices, such as wind-up charg­ers, so­lar panel charg­ers or a gen­er­a­tor.”

Tak­ing these ac­tions can make a huge dif­fer­ence to your fam­ily’s safety dur­ing the ap­proach­ing storm sea­son.

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