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Noosa Shire Council

Prepare Your Home Prepare Your Home

Take the time now to prepare your home in case of an emergency or disaster.

General home maintenance

  • Keep your roof in good condition and check it regularly.
  • Keep gutters and downpipes clear so water can drain away quickly.
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches close to the house. Be aware of any overhead power lines.
  • Check and fix any:
    • Corrosion
    • rotten timber
    • termite infestations
    • loose fittings.

General home preparations

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is current and ample.  Check your policy includes debris clean up and removal.
  • Identify your strongest room to 'shelter in place' during severe storm or cyclone.
  • Identify where and how to turn off the main supply for water, power and gas.
  • Have items on hand such as:
    • water storage containers
    • spare fuel for your vehicle (ensure you store it safely)
    • camp stove and fuel for cooking without power etc.

If you live in a flood-prone area

  • Store all poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level.
  • Identify indoor items you will need to raise or empty if flood threatens.
  • Consider alternatives to carpet.
  • Relocate power-points to well above previous flood levels. Use a licensed contractor to do this.

If you live in a cyclone / severe storm-prone area

  • Arrange for a professional builder to check the structural safety of your building. Identify ways you can make your home better withstand high winds.
  • Fit windows with shutters or metal screens for added safety during high winds.

Final home preparations

When warnings are issued for a cyclone or severe storm

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and external television / radio aerials.  Turn off electricity and gas main supplies if instructed to do so.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and garden items.
  • Fill buckets and bath with clean water in case of interruptions to water supply.
  • Close windows with shutters or tape windows with strong tape and draw curtains.

When warnings are issued for flood

  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Move outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to a higher location.
  • Empty and raise freezers/refrigerators and stack or move furniture, valuables and electrical items off-site.
  • Sandbag internal drains and toilets to prevent sewage backflow.
  • Move livestock, plant and feed to higher ground.

Use the prepare your home template [189KB] to assist.

The most current versions of these fact sheets are available on the Emergency Management Queensland website.

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