IT’S essential to have an emergency kit prepared well before a storm hits and ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.
All householders should know where the kit is stored and what to do in an emergency.
The following list is a guide to assist you in preparing your household:
Your important documents should be placed in a sealed bag, along with cash money.
Ensure you have at least one torch per person.
If you have infants or small children, pack extra formula and nappies and make sure you have your essential medication.
A battery-operated radio will keep you informed and updated on the storm situation.
Spare batteries for your radio, torches and mobile phones are a must, as power disruptions do occur in a storm.
Having a basic first aid kit is essential for minor medical accidents.
Depending on the storm, having at least three days worth of non-perishable foods, a can opener and water.
Toiletries and personal-care products are essential, as personal hygiene and showering can be difficult without running water.
Have waterproof bags to keep clothing and bedding dry.
For more information go to www.getready.qld.gov.au for all the fact sheets to be storm ready.