Q. With the possibility of another cyclone forming in the Coral Sea later this week what have we learnt from the events of the 2013 wet season?
A. Lessons learnt from the severe weather we’ve experienced since Australia Day weekend, include the need to be prepared to survive at least three days – just in case you lose power, phone communications or you become isolated due to flooded roads.
Local Disaster Coordinator Alan (Fox) Rogers said recent weather events have clearly demonstrated that we cannot be complacent and assume that this weather will not affect our homes, families and businesses – and lifestyles.
“When this weather hits the Sunshine Coast region, with the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecasts we can predict some things but as it is the weather, it is difficult to accurately pinpoint exactly where large quantities of rain will fall or the amount of damage that may be caused by strong winds,” Fox Rogers said.
“We all need to take the time now and ask ourselves can we survive at least three days if we lose power to our home and businesses – or are isolated by flooded roads,” he said.
“Make your own emergency kit by pretending you’re planning for a camping trip and stock up on enough canned and non-perishable food, for yourselves and your pets. And talk with your neighbours about what they might do faced with this scenario – work together.”
“Buy a battery operated torch and radio so you can tune into updates from local radio stations and if you have a mobile phone, also buy a car charger in case you lose the landline service.”
“Severe weather warnings and other important information about what to do is always broadcasted on a regular basis via local media, on council’s website, on service provider’s websites (power, water, and phone) and social media so stay tuned into this information. If the situation ever becomes extremely bad, you may also be contacted via your landline or mobile phone service via emergency alert”.
“If you’ve experienced any localised flooding and are able to fill and place some sandbags yourself, protect your property with DIY sandbagging in front of places where water might enter such as garage doors.
“And remember, never walk or drive through flooded roads: ‘If it’s flooded, forget it!’”
More details on steps to take to be prepared and on DIY sandbagging can be found on council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/disasters