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:
- 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.