Stay safe during this cyclone and storm season
THE Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), in association with the Department of Community Safety, is helping to promote safety around the home during storm season.
REIQ executive manager Leonie Foster said it was vitally important that homeowners prepared as best they could for potentially damaging storms.
“Preparation can be the key to preventing unnecessary damage to your home and keeping your family as safe as possible during a storm,” Ms Foster said.
SES and Emergency Management Queensland executive director Frank Pagano urged Queensland residents to take a few simple precautions to protect themselves and their families during storm season.
“A few hours spent making your home secure, putting together an emergency kit, and making an evacuation plan with your family can make all the difference to your safety and well-being,” Mr Pagano said.
“Preparing your home is about ensuring your roof is completely secure – no loose tiles and no leaves or other debris clogging the guttering.
“Trim your trees and remember all loose outdoor items such as garden furniture or toys can become hazards during strong winds and every family should have an emergency kit.
“An emergency kit should include a battery operated radio, a torch, tinned food, bottled water, clothes, cash and a first aid kit including any prescribed medications. Check kits annually to ensure everything works and expiry dates are okay.”
Anyone needing SES assistance during a flood or storm should call 132 500.