Vi­tal steps to storm readi­ness

Lis­ten to lo­cal warn­ings and pre­pare to act

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By KEL­LIE BOL­STAD, ACT­ING LO­CAL CON­TROLLER, GIN GIN SES

1. Tune in

Tune your bat­tery pow­ered ra­dio to your lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion to lis­ten for weather and warn­ing up­dates.

Turn your tele­vi­sion to your lo­cal sta­tion to watch and lis­ten for warn­ing up­dates.

2. Log on

Check the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy web­site for weather up­dates, weather warn­ings and tsunami warn­ing in­for­ma­tion: www.bom.gov.au.

See emer­gency alerts is­sued and cur­rent in­for­ma­tion on dis­as­ter events at www.dis­as­ter.qld. gov.au.

Find your coun­cil at Dip.qld.gov.au/lo­cal­go­v­ern­ment-di­rec­tory.html.

3. Lis­ten out

For the Stan­dard Emer­gency Warn­ing Sig­nal used at the be­gin­ning of se­ri­ous warn­ings.

For Emer­gency Alert voice mes­sages to your land­line and text mes­sages to your mo­bile tele­phone.

For lo­cal com­mu­nity safety an­nounce­ments (ra­dio and tele­vi­sion) for up­dates.

For sirens and loud-hailer an­nounce­ments the emer­gency ser­vices may use in cer­tain cir­cum­stances.

For emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel who may door­knock your area to pass on warn­ings.

4. Act

Act im­me­di­ately on the ad­vice pro­vided.

En­sure all house­hold­ers are aware of the warn­ing and ad­vice pro­vided.

Check on neigh­bours and friends who may need spe­cial as­sis­tance.

Ac­ti­vate your house­hold emer­gency plan.

Lo­cate and col­lect your emer­gency kit.

Ac­ti­vate your evac­u­a­tion ar­range­ments if re­quired.

5. Fol­low ad­vice

Emer­gency ser­vices use a range of meth­ods to warn the com­mu­nity about se­vere weather and other emer­gen­cies that re­quire prepa­ra­tion and ac­tion at the house­hold level.

When warn­ings are is­sued you may be di­rected to: Fi­nalise prepa­ra­tions Se­cure items around your home

Ac­ti­vate your emer­gency plan Shel­ter in place or Com­mence evac­u­a­tion to your pre­de­ter­mined safer lo­ca­tion.

Warn­ings are ur­gent – you will need to act im­me­di­ately on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided.

If you are vis­it­ing or hol­i­day­ing in Queens­land, or in­ter­state, and do not have fam­ily or friends to shel­ter with, con­tact your ac­com­mo­da­tion man­ager to iden­tify op­tions for evac­u­a­tion.

When warn­ings are is­sued for ma­jor emer­gen­cies, rel­e­vant author­i­ties may use the Stan­dard Emer­gency Warn­ing Sig­nal prior to pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the emer­gency.

SEWS is a wail­ing siren sound used through­out Aus­tralia for se­ri­ous emer­gency events such as se­vere cy­clone, bush­fire, flood and storm.

When you hear the sig­nal on ra­dio, tele­vi­sion or over the phone via Emer­gency Alert mes­sages, pay care­ful at­ten­tion to the in­for­ma­tion that fol­lows and act im­me­di­ately on the ad­vice given.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit emer­gency.qld.gov .au/ses.

Kel­lie Bol­stad Act im­me­di­ately on the ad­vice...

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

THE RIGHT IN­FOR­MA­TION: Are you storm ready? The Gin Gin SES makes sure the com­mu­nity is pre­pared.

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