Storm Season: Tips For Staying Safe

September 15, 2015 - 4 min read

Storms can cause damage to our homes and property. We’ve found out some simple tips to keep your family and home safe during the storm season.

Prepare Your Emergency Storm Plan

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Severe storms are extremely dangerous. You need to be properly prepared if you want you and your family to stay safe. The first step to becoming more storm ready is developing an emergency plan. We’ve featured a little guide below for creating your own emergency storm guide at home.

Get your entire household together and talk about the following:

  • If you live in a flood prone area of Cairns, where would you go if you need to evacuate?
  • If you’re not together during a severe storm, how will you contact each other and where will you meet up?
  • If anyone in your family has special needs, establish how can you assist them during a severe storm
  • Are your pets going to be safe, and how will you better protect them?
  • If you don’t have a garage, where will you keep your car to prevent it from getting damaged?
  • Do you have an emergency storm kit?

Record all your answers on a piece of paper titled ‘Household Emergency Storm Plan’ and place it on the fridge. Take a look at RACQ Get Ready Queensland’s emergency plan for more in-depth information.


Organise Your Emergency Storm Kit

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When a severe storm hits, you are often stuck sheltering inside your home or at work. If you don’t want to be left without the essentials like food, water and light, you need to prepare an emergency storm kit. Our kit includes essentials like:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Non-perishable canned food and a can opener
  • First aid supplies
  • Gloves
  • Radio, torch & spare batteries
  • Medication (if necessary)
  • Spare mobile phone & charger
  • Important documents you don’t want to get damaged
  • Baby nappies & formula (if necessary)
  • Toiletries

Remember to pack these supplies in a waterproof container and place it in an easy to reach location.


Get Your Home Storm Ready

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You can better protect you and your property during a severe storm with some simple home maintenance and preparation. We’ve provided a easy-to-follow guide to make sure your home is ready come storm season.

Home maintenance and preparation tips:

  • Inspect your roof to make sure it’s in good condition
  • Keep drainage systems clear
  • Get your local Cairns arborist business to cut down any overhanging branches
  • Ensure your home and contents are insured
  • Identify your structurally strongest room and how to turn off your gas, water and power supplies
  • Have a plan for securing your outdoor furniture

Take a look at RACQ Get Ready Queensland’s guide to preparing your home for more information on planning for storm season.


Listen For Severe Storm Warnings

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Remember to always listen out on TV and radio for storm warnings. You can also visit the Bureau of Meteorology for severe weather warnings or Queensland Disaster Management website for information on disaster events.


Cairns locals know just how damaging severe storms can be. If your property gets damaged this storm season, we’ve got a Cairns glazier and rubbish removal business to help get your home cleaned up.


Cairns Glass & Glazing Pty Ltd

Servicing: Cairns and its surrounding suburbs

Large hailstones can wreak havoc on your windows. If you need an emergency window replacement after a severe storm, Cairns Glass & Glazing are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their services include:

  • 24 hour emergency window replacement
  • Insurance repairs
  • Tabletops & Mirrors

With more than 23 years’ experience in the glass and glazier industry, you can rely on Cairns Glass & Glazing to provide a high-quality, fast and affordable service. Give the friendly team call for a quote today! For more information visit Cairns Glass & Glazier’s LocalSearch profile.


Wot a Load of Rubbish

Servicing: Cairns and its surrounding suburbs

Strong winds associated with severe storms can blow rubbish, branches and other debris all over your property. If you need help with the clean up, Wot a Load of Rubbish will be happy to lend a hand at a competitive price. Their rubbish and waste removal services include:

  • All types of rubbish removal
  • Cyclone & severe storm clean up
  • Recycling services available

Wot a Load of Rubbish specialise in hands on rubbish removal for domestic, commercial and industrial jobs. Visit Wot a Load of Rubbish’s LocalSearch profile for more information.