Storm safety guides coming
AERIAL patrols of the high-voltage network across the Wide Bay and Burnett region have been carried out in recent weeks as Ergon Energy strives to identify any damage needing to be repaired ahead of the storm season, Dave Heberlein, general operations manager, said.
The summer storm and cyclone season is now upon us and Ergon Energy has prepared its network by inspecting, updating, testing and revising all disaster management plans and improving the remote response capability of its National Contact Centres.
Mr Heberlein said Ergon Energy was well prepared for the storm season as a result of these actions but that any electricity network would be vulnerable to supply interruptions from the storms typically experienced in the Wide Bay-Burnett region each year.
“That’s why it’s now time to do everything in our power to help our customers prepare for any severe storm impacts that may interrupt their power supplies,” Mr Heberlein said.
“Customers play an important role in ensuring their own personal safety and minimising their own personal inconvenience and discomfort when power outages occur.”
A safety guide will be distributed to households throughout the Wide Bay over the next week to help prepare residents for possible power outages.
“The guide will tell them how to get ready for the unknown impacts of storm season by preparing an emergency kit, knowing what to do if the lights go out and how to access information online at the Ergon Energy Storm Centre, which is regularly updated after storms cause widespread, prolonged power outages.”