Make your home emergency plan now
The best safeguard against storm and flood is preparation. Plan now for you, your family and your pets to limit your damages and losses if a storm or flood hits your area. Talk your plan through with your family and then put it on paper. The State Emergency Service has a template (www.seshomeemergencyplan.com.au) to guide you through making your plan.
What’s your flood trigger? When do you need to act?
As a ‘rule of thumb’ for most of the Tweed Shire, if 300mm of rain falls within 24 hours you should expect significant flooding. Remember short bursts of much less rain can cause flash flooding, particularly in the Hinterland and low-lying residential areas of Tweed Heads. Also, if you live in the lower-lying areas of Tweed Heads, Chinderah and the coastal villages, it’s important to understand that the worst flood will come when there is significant rain coupled with an ocean storm surge or king tide. So, what’s your flood trigger to:
• lift your property from any under-storey?
• move your vehicle?
• pick the kids up from school?
Different communities will have different flood triggers. Even different people in the same community may have different flood triggers depending on their age, mobility, health, whether they have young children, the reliability of their vehicle and other factors.
Remember, every storm and flood is different so you cannot rely solely on past experience.
Keep reading the Tweed Link for news of Council’s new Emergency Dashboard with links to everything your need to know in an emergency, coming to Council’s website next month.