Vital steps to storm readiness
Listen to local warnings and prepare to act
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.
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.
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