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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Forecast for Wet Weekend

Moreton Bay Regional Council is advising local residents to be prepared for heavy rainfall into the weekend. 

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the Bureau of Meteorology had forecast thunderstorms over the next few days.

“This is a timely reminder for residents to take four easy steps to get storm-ready,” the Mayor said.

“Know the risks of severe storms and be prepared with a household emergency plan about what you would do if a severe storm cut power or possibly damaged your house.

“Prepare an emergency kit with emergency phone numbers, a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first-aid kit.

“Stay alert by tuning your battery-operated radio to 612 AM, 101.5FM or 99.7FM for regular weather warnings and updates from the Bureau of Meteorology”

Mayor Sutherland said it was important to take precautions during a storm.

"Pets can be startled by storms so it is important to secure them inside when a storm is approaching,” the Mayor said.

"Disconnect electrical items such as televisions and desktop computers which may be impacted by storms, and avoid using landlines phones.”

Mayor Sutherland said when a storm passes, beware of fallen powerlines and trees, damaged buildings and flooded watercourses.
“To report fallen powerlines or damage to the electricity network, please call Energex on 13 19 62,” Mayor Sutherland said.
If you require the assistance of the SES please contact 132 500 or call 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency. 
“Contact Moreton Bay Regional Council on (07) 3205 0555 to report an emergency situation.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council's website has more handy tips for being prepared this storm season