Eight ways to prepare your home for a flood
QUEENSLANDERS are no strangers to floods.
We know the catastrophic impact it can have on a region and the heartache it can leave in its wake.
Which is why preparation is key this storm season.
Here are some tips from the State Emergency Service on how to prepare for a flood.
1. Know your risk
Find out about the local flood history. Know previous flood heights and when it may affect your property. Your local council should be able to help with more information.
Be aware of the natural signs of flooding and know how you may be warned of possible flooding.
2. Know where to go
Find the safest evacuation route and know the height at which your evacuation route may be cut off.
Find out where any evacuation centres could be set up in your area and check with friends and relatives outside the flood prone area to organise a place to go.
3. Know who to call
For emergency help in floods and storms, phone the SES on 132 500.
Keep local emergency numbers handy (near your phone, in your mobile and on your fridge).
In a life-threatening emergency, phone 000.
4. Know your plan
Discuss with your family exactly what will happen in the event of a flood. When will you leave, what you will take, where you will go etc.
5. Get your kit together
Put together an emergency kit for your home or business with all essentials.
6. Prepare now to act early
Know the triggers, warnings and natural signs of flooding so that you can act quickly. Practise your plan and share it with neighbours.
7. Check your insurance
Make sure your insurance is suitable to your situation and risk and it is current.
8. Stay updated
Read your local newspaper and website and listen to local radio for information, updates and advice.
Keep this guide to refer to in an emergency.
For more information, head to www.floodsafe.com.au