PREPARE TO STAY SAFE

Summer months bring rain, cyclones and unstable weather conditions to Queensland. More than half of flood related deaths in Queensland are the result of people driving through floodwater. We are here to help you prepare in case of an emergency, whether it’s mapping out an alternative route or rethinking travelling altogether. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Plan ahead and keep yourself, family and friends safe.

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Don’t feel pressured by vehicles behind you to cross a flooded road. Even fully-equipped swiftwater technicians in boats will only enter the water as a last resort.

If you or your loved ones require regular medication, make sure this is available in any location it might be needed (school, childcare centre, workplace or your vehicle.)

If you are travelling in an unfamiliar area, seek out and pay close attention to advice from locals.

If you’re on holiday, or even just making a day trip, take into account potential rises in water levels and plan your travel so you don’t become stranded. Take note of warning signs that tell of local dangers.

Think about the roads you regularly use and plan alternatives – is there a usually reliable alternative route or do you need to rethink your travel.

Before storms hit, discuss options with your employer for not attending work, working from home, or having a delayed start or early finish.

When poor weather is forecast, listen to your local radio station for information, warnings and prepare for all scenarios.

Realise that your best plan may be to avoid travel altogether and that sometimes your only option will be to wait it out – in your car, visiting a friend nearby, or spending time at a shopping centre or food outlet – be prepared for all options.

Consider alternative modes of transport, such as trains.

In preparation of wet season, talk with schools and childcare centres about alternative arrangements they can put in place if you are unable to collect children on time.

When the wet season is approaching remind ‘on call’ family or friends that you might need them to help.

Keep a written list of emergency phone numbers in your car, including ‘on call’ friends, school, work and neighbours.

Keep local emergency numbers handy (near your phone, in your mobile and on your fridge) and in a life‐threatening emergency, call 000 (triple zero).

At all times, make sure your phone is charged and a charger is available in the car or at work.

In a life‐threatening emergency, call 000 (triple zero) or signal others to call for your rescue.

Speak to each driver in your household to make sure they have considered how quickly conditions can change and help them be prepared.