Be prepared: SES volunteers on alert
Heavy rain and wind predicted
IF it’s flooded, forget it. This is the message the Mackay SES is urging residents to remember this weekend as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen crosses the coast.
Acting Area controller for the Mackay region SES Selina Neill said people should be aware of whether their property is prone to flooding.
“If your property has flooded before, it is likely to happen again,” she said.
“If you are not sure, you can visit the Mackay regional council website where you will find a flood map showing the most vulnerable areas.”
Ms Neill advises the public to carry out a ‘general clean up’ in the lead up to heavy rain and wind. “Have a look around your yard, clean your gutters, check for overhanging branches and tie down any loose objects that might become projectile in high winds,” she said.
“It’s important to get preparations in place to prevent any damage. A little bit of work prior to a storm means less cleaning up afterwards.
“Stocking up on sandbags and tarps is always a good idea, particularly if you know you are in an area prone to flash flooding.”
The SES can often receive hundreds of calls in wild weather. Commonly received calls are from people requiring assistance because of flash flooding and storm damage such as tiles blown off roofs.
Ms Neill advised residents to call SES if in danger, but to remember SES volunteers prioritise their jobs.
“We can often get very busy and must prioritise the people most in need such as the elderly and disabled,” she said.
“If you are able bodied it is important to get yourself prepared and look out for your family and friends.
“Stock up your emergency kit and stay indoors during storm weather.”
■ Sandbag stockpile locations can be found on the council website. If you require assistance during wild weather, phone the SES on 132500.
PREPARE: SES Volunteer Ben Taylor pulls a tarp up over a Mackay Childcare Centre.