Storm Watch: Keeping Safe

With ex-cyclone Debbie bringing Brisbane to a halt, it’s easy to sometimes feel overwhelmed by the Queensland weather, especially when it’s happening all around you.

Today we’ll be looking at how to stay safe in the wet weather; though we’re nearing the end of this year’s storm season, it’s important to know what to do when the rain starts.

Don’t Panic
Though it’s a cliché, the most important thing is to remain calm, and not try to fix things while the storm’s still going. If part of your home is damaged, it’s best to leave it and not attempt any repairs until the clouds have passed. Though it may be tempting, you can’t predict whether a gust of wind or unexpected flooding will make things worse, leaving you unable to get to safety.

Better Safe than Sorry

The real danger in bad weather often isn’t the obvious hazards like property damage and falling power lines, but more subtle issues, like a semi-flooded road or unstable ground. Often, water across a road can be deceptively slow-moving and it may appear to be easy to cross.

However, if your car stalls or you lose your footing, you can be stuck in a powerful current. In these cases, even if you think you’ll be alright, it’s better to simply wait it out or cross at a different location if possible.
Love It and Leave It
If you’re told you need to evacuate, don’t delay or try to stay behind. It’s understandable to want to protect your home, but it’s better to get somewhere safe and come back later. Remember, possessions can be replaced, but you’re irreplaceable.

If you think you, or someone you’re with, may be in danger, you can call the State Emergency Service on 132 500 for help.

You can also download a full list of emergency contacts here.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to stay calm, and not to take any chances in the event of an emergency.

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