Are you ready for storm season?

ENERGEX crews are all set for summer and they are urging Queenslanders to ensure they too are prepared for the impact of severe storms, floods, cyclones and bushfires.

Energex executive general manager operations Paul Jordon said extreme weather events could leave people housebound and without power for days.

“You need to consider the needs of everyone at your place, including babies and pets,” Mr Jordon said.

“Think about how much drinking water and non-perishable food items you’ll need for your household, as well as prescription medication. 

“A battery-operated radio will allow you to stay in touch when your mobile phone runs out of charge or if telecommunication services are impacted.

“Fill your gas bottle if you’re going to be using your barbeque. Check your fuel supply if you’re using a generator and make sure it’s in good working order.”

Mr Jordon said falling trees and branches could bring down powerlines, which could be hidden in the debris.

“We urge everyone to take care and stay line aware when they’re cleaning up after a storm,” he said.

“If you see any fallen powerlines, always stay well away, warn others and report this life-threatening hazard to emergency services on 000 or call us on 13 19 62.

“If you see any trees growing into powerlines, report that to us as well because pruning near the electricity network is a job for trained professionals. Don’t be tempted to do it yourself and risk getting hurt or worse.”

Queenslanders can also help by checking their own backyards and securing or stowing outdoor items that could become dangerous projectiles in strong winds.

“Trampolines, outdoor furniture, beach umbrellas and sheets of corrugated iron pose a serious threat to property and people if they become airborne, so check your yard for potential hazards,” Mr Jordon said.

Emergency kit: essential items

HAVING an emergency kit is an important step to prepare for, survive and cope with emergencies.

Make sure you check and update the contents of your kit regularly to ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.

Discuss your emergency kit with all householders and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

Below is a list of items that should be in your kit at all times.

•  Non-perishable food items
•  Bottled water
•  First aid kit and manual
•  Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
•  Toilet paper
•  Toothbrush/toothpaste
•  Soap/shampoo
•  Personal hygiene items
•  Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
•  Battery-powered lantern
•  Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
•  Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
•  Closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone
•  Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
•  Plastic garbage bags and ties
•  Safety glasses and sunglasses
•  Special items for infants (nappies, formula etc)
•  Special items for the elderly or people with special needs
•  Spare house and car keys
•  Pet food, water and other animal needs
•   Important documents – keep certified copies or scan them onto a memory stick, including insurance papers for your house and contents, cars and for valuable items