CYCLONE READY: What you need to do to prepare for wild weather
IN THE past week, Rockhampton SES received 50 calls for help in the region.
With another deluge set to hit Capricornia next week as Cyclone Debbie crosses the North Queensland coast, Rockhampton SES controller Eddie Cowie is urging home owners to prepare for the worst and prevent problems becoming emergencies.
Some areas of the Capricorn Coast saw falls in excess of 300mm over the week and there are predictions a further 100-200mm could hit next week.
With rain clearing over the weekend, Mr Cowie said there were several things residents could do to prepare their homes for the rain:
- Know the hazards around your property, from drainage issues to problems with water run off from neighbours
- If you need them, purchase sandbags and fill them. If you can't get hold of sandbags, use two plastic grocery bags in their place
- Assess your property for trees at risk of dropping branches
- Keep an eye on your street and know the drainage. If there's a blockage or issue, contact council immediately
- If during the rain event your home starts to flood or the roof leaks, call the SES on 132 500 and start moving your property out of harm's way if possible
- Keep your property, especially the roof, well maintained
- Look for the latest weather updates and news bulletins
- If you're travelling, plan ahead and know what conditions are expected along the way. Don't get caught out between two flooded creeks or wait until the storm arrives to think of a Plan B
- Check your emergency kit is stocked with batteries, torches, portable radio and a first aid kit