Severe storms

You can reduce the risk of severe storms to yourself, family and property by taking these simple precautions.

Before

  • Create a Household Emergency Plan, Pet Emergency Plan and Emergency Kit.
  • Check your insurance covers storm damage.
  • Ensure your yard is free of loose items like patio furniture and rubbish.
  • Cut branches hanging over house and clean gutters and drain pipes.

Predicted/during

  • Keep your Household Emergency Plan, Pet Emergency Plan and Emergency Kit with you.
  • Listen for warnings and communications including local radio and SMS updates.
  • Don't use the landline telephone.
  • Move vehicles undercover or cover with tarps or blankets.
  • Stay inside and shelter away from doors and windows.
  • Have mattresses and blankets ready for extra protection.
  • If you need to, shelter in the strongest part of your house. This is usually the bathroom, toilet or hallway.
  • If you are willing and able, ensure the safety of any vulnerable people around you, such as children, the elderly and people with special needs.

After

  • Listen for warnings and communications including local radio and SMS updates.
  • Stay inside until advised otherwise.
  • Don't drink tap water unless you know it's safe.
  • Carefully check your home for damage.
  • Keep away from flood waters, damaged powerlines, debris and fallen trees.
  • Check on your neighbours if it's safe to do so.
  • If your house is seriously damaged, please contact the SES (132 500) or visit ses.qld.gov.au

The time after a storm can be dangerous. Injuries and deaths occur as a result of people not taking proper actions after a storm has passed.