Severe weather and flooding
What can you do when a severe storm approaches/strikes?
- Don’t use a fixed telephone during a severe storm due to lightning danger.
- Secure loose garden furniture, outdoor toys, etc. inside or under cover.
- Turn off and unplug electrical items, external TV/radio aerials and computer modems.
- Park vehicles under solid shelter or cover with firmly tied tarpaulins/blankets.
- Listen to your (portable) radio for severe storm advice and warnings.
- Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights.
- If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines and creeks. Never drive on flooded roads, even in a small amount of water the current can pick up your car and sweep you away. Remember ‘If it’s flooded, Forget it!’
- If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter.
- If the building starts to break up, shelter under a mattress, doona, or a strong table or bench in the strongest part of the building, e.g. internal room, hallway or built-in wardrobe.
What should you do when a flood warning is issued?
- Move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations.
- Secure any items that may float away or move in flood waters, e.g. gas bottles, garbage bins.
- Plan which indoor items you will raise or empty if water threatens your home.
- If you have livestock, move them to a safe area.
- Where possible, move any electrical equipment to higher ground.
- Turn off and unplug any electrical appliances that may become inundated with water.
What should you do if you need to evacuate from a flood?
When evacuation is imminent
- Raise your pre-determined furniture, clothing and valuables on to beds, tables and into roof spaces.
- Empty fridges and freezers, leaving the doors open.
- Place sandbags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage back-flow.
What should you do if you are not required to evacuate?
- Don’t allow children to play in, or near flood waters
- Stay away from drains, culverts and any flowing water