While we all look to the heavens and hope and pray for rain this summer, local Police are asking the question of us all… Are you prepared?”
Blackall Sgt Ben Holdcroft says the storm which swept through the region two weeks ago sets the scene.
“The October 26 Blackall blow saw a short but intense storm cell cross our path.”
“This storm cell managed to cause a number of issues around town in the brief time it took to cross our small back yard. It even managed to bring down power lines and power poles, exposing us and our children to the dangers of potential live wires. There were also reports of some minor damage to roof tops and there was a suspected lightning strike to an air-conditioning unit causing it to ignite.”
He says that’s the timely reminder of the importance of every home.
“Having a fully stocked storm kit ready and stored for the summer storm season. You’ll need essential items such as battery-operated radio, battery operated torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, can opener, tinned and other non-perishable food, bottled water and essential medications.”
“You should also consider copies of important documents-insurance details, birth certificates, prescription refills in sealable plastic bags. Check your insurance policies now and make sure they are current and have adequate cover.”
Sgt Holcroft also says a tin of paint and a brush – in remote areas, is vital.
“If there’s a chance that your property could become isolated, painting your property name on the roof will assist emergency services.”
The Queensland Police Service are often called upon to respond to issues that arise because of incidents during storm season.
Similarly police often work hand in hand with other emergency services and local council representatives to ensure the safety and welfare of the public.
“Members of the public should never hesitate to contact their local police who will respond and often use their powers and resources to help to create a safe working area for other responding agencies and to coordinate the overall response.”
Please take these steps now in time for the storm season ahead.