Stay safe dur­ing this cy­clone and storm sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.