Storm season is here, so Get Ready

RACQ is urging Queenslanders to be prepared for wild weather before it hits.

RACQ’s Paul Turner said people needed to be safety conscious about their homes and behaviour as RACQ Get Ready Week kicked off yesterday.

“In Queensland, summer storms generally come and go quickly, but their effects can last for years – so people need to be across safety advice and take it seriously,” Mr Turner said.

“Taking some simple steps now will help safeguard lives and property when bad weather hits.

“At home, make sure you’ve cleared the yard of debris, packed an emergency kit, have an evacuation plan, and ensure your insurance is up-to-date and covers what you need most.

“If you’re caught out on the road in a storm, always remember that if it’s flooded, forget it. Obey all signs and directions from emergency services and don’t ever gamble on your, or your potential rescuers’, lives by ignoring warnings.”

Mr Turner said Queenslanders should tick off these safety checklist items:

  • Check home building and contents insurance
  • Clear gutters and downpipes, trim overgrown branches, but DO NOT attempt to trim trees near powerlines
  • Check the roof for damaged or loose tiles and sheeting
  • Remove or secure loose items from the yard that could become projectiles
  • Join an Early Warning Alert service
  • Have an emergency kit, including a battery-operated radio, a reliable torch and spare batteries, canned food, can opener, water, a first-aid kit and blankets.

For information, visit the RACQ Get Ready campaign website.