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Preparing for a Storm in Queensland, Australia

PREPARING FOR A STORM IN QUEENSLAND THE BEAUFORT SCALE 10 11 12 3 4 STRONG GALE CALM LIGHT LIGHT GENTLE MODERATE FRESH STRONG BREEZE NEAR GALE STORM VIOLENT CYCLONE STORM AIR BREEZE BREEZE BREEZE BREEZE GALE CYCLONE CATEGORY 3,4,5 COULD I BE AFFECTED BY A STORM?" INTERESTING STORM FACTS The map highlights the hardest hit suburbs by the average claim cost July 2012 to June 2013. om SEPT. TO MAR Severe thunderstorms can occur at any time of the year in Queensland. However, most strike between September and March when the supply of solar energy is greatest. STORM DANGER RATING LESS SEVERE MORE SEVERE SOUTH EAST South-east Queensland experiences the most damaging individual storms anywhere in Australia. 6000 On average, a severe thunderstorm can produce approximately 6,000 lightning strikes every minute. N $$$ Each year, on average, severe storms are responsible for more damage (as measured by insurance costs) than tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods, or bushfires. QUEENSLAND OBRISBANE WORST STORMS IN QLD HISTORY CATEGORY CATEGORY CATEGORY 2011 2006 1899 CYCLONE YASI $3.6 BILLION IN DAMAGES CYCLONE LARRY $1.1 BILLION IN DAMAGES CYCLONE MAHINA 400+ FATALITIES FINANCIAL COST UNKNOWN GET READY QUEENSLAND STORM TIPS PREPARE AN EVACUATION PLAN PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT 3 PREPARE YOUR HOME • Check condition of the roof and repair • Research hazards and disaster management arrangements in your community • Multiple changes of clothes if necessary • Essential medicines and first aid supplies • Mobile phone charger • Clean gutters and downpipes • Discuss possible scenarios and responses with your household • Trim trees • Sleeping bag/Blanket/Pillows • Secure loose items • Record important details such as phone numbers, meeting places, medical information, etc • Toiletries • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is current and covers you • Torch adequately • Ensure everyone in your household is prepared • Identify where and how to turn off the main supply fo water, power and gas in TUNE IN TO WARNINGS GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS DON'T FORGET 4 ABOUT YOUR PETS • Turn your battery powered radio to your local radio station for updates • Talk to your neighbours • Secure animals inside before a Storm • Neighbours can help each other • Use secure pet carriers to transport animals to safety • Turn your television on to your local radio station for updates • Plan as a group or community • Ensure your pet is properly identified • Assist where and when necessary • Check websites like the Bureau of Meteorology ( and Queensland Disaster Management Services ( • Keep a current photograph of your pet on you • Listen out for the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) and the Emergency Alert voice and text messages to your phone SUNCORP Insurance

Preparing for a Storm in Queensland, Australia

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Storms can happen any time of the year. They can produce hailstones the size of a $2 coin, wind gusts greater than 90km/h and flash flooding. Unfortunately, they can cause damage to your community, yo...




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