Make your home emer­gency plan now

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

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?

• evac­u­ate?

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.

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