Shepparton News

Call to take steps now and be storm ready

- By Georgia Rossiter

VICSES is reminding north-east Victorian residents to ‘‘be ready’’ for storm season this year.

North-east regional manager and assistant chief officer Keith O’Brien said the region was once again expecting severe storms to cause power outages, trees to fall and flooding this spring.

‘‘This heads up for a stormy period ahead gives everyone time to think ahead,’’ he said.

‘‘Storms and floods can happen all across the northeast, so it is important that people living or working in our region take steps now to be ready.’’

Mr O’Brien said keeping supplies like a batteryope­rated radio, torch and even a power bank for your phone and other devices could help you be prepared for power outages that were common with storms.

‘‘These days, having even a small portable power bank to keep you connected and charge your phone in an emergency is essential,’’ he said.

Knowing your neighbours, keeping up-to-date with the right informatio­n and taking the right precaution­s when storms hit are among some of the other tips from VICSES.

‘‘Take the time to plan and prepare now,’’ Mr O’Brien said.

‘‘It will help you think clearly and stay in control during an emergency so you can make the best decisions to keep you and your family safe.’’

● To access storm warnings, download the VicEmergen­cy App and set your watch zone. You can also find more informatio­n about preparing for storms and floods at www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready

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