Being Storm Wise

Severe storms impact all areas of Queensland, and can hit at any time of the year. They are often unpredictable and can cause serious injury and major damage to property. It is important to prepare your family and property now and stay prepared all year round. During storms, it is important to protect your family and home from the major impacts such as high winds, lightning, hail and potential fl­ash fl­ooding. Damaging winds can bring down trees, branches and power lines, remove roofs, and blow around outdoor items. Hail and lightning can injure people and damage property. Storm surges can cause the surf to become unsafe, and can ­flood properties in coastal areas. You may also be indirectly affected by storms; access roads may be blocked, or you may have no power or telephone connection. It is important to be prepared now, so you will know what to do when there is a storm. When households and families better respond to storms by being prepared, their recovery can be quicker and their resilience to future storms will be greater.

Here are Metrocity’s tips to ensure you are prepared prior to a storm event:

  • Report any maintenance concerns to Metrocity (roof leaks, guttering, overhanging trees)
  • Ensure common areas remain clean, limiting potential debris and allowing a safe emergency exit path
  • Ensure evacuation procedures and signage are up to date
  • Prepare an emergency tool kit (torch, mobile phone, car charger, candles)
  • Register for your local early warning weather and emergency alerts with your local Council
  • Download the SES app for emergency assistance during storms
  • Check drainage is clear and flowing, particularly for low lying areas and basements
  • Check your contents insurance. Remember that landlord insurance does not cover your personal contents.

In the event of a storm:

  • Secure or put away items around your home and balcony that could blow around in strong winds and cause damage. Items such as potted plants, garbage bins, animal food bowls, gardening tools, chairs, umbrellas and trampolines can become dangerous missiles in strong winds.
  • Park your car under secure cover and away from trees, powerlines and drains.
  • Disconnect computers, televisions and other electrical appliances before a storm.
  • Keep clear of windows, and avoid contact with metal fixtures such as roofs, guttering, downpipes and taps, in case of lighting strike.
  • Stay aware of weather condition reports and evacuation notices
  • After the storm – avoid flooded areas and fallen power lines, and assess any damages. Notify your Community Relationship Manager as soon as possible of any damage. To streamline repairs, send an email with photos of the damage.
  • Taking these precautions now could reduce damage and financial loss, and help to keep you and your neighbors’ safe.

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