Be Prepared for Storm Season


Local MPs and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey are urging electorate residents to not wait until they are caught in the middle of a summer storm to wish they were better prepared.

Mr Dempsey launched the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) and NRMA Insurance Weather the Storm campaign today, saying the best time to prepare for an emergency was now.

"Queenslanders are no strangers to severe weather and we know all too well that it can strike at any time, without much warning and with the potential to be very destructive," Mr Dempsey said.

"Last storm season, some people were caught unprepared and did not have the supplies and equipment they needed."

"The aim today is to ensure every Queenslander can weather the storm this summer by planning ahead."

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said there were a number of simple steps electorate residents could take to ensure they were best prepared for the storm season.

"A home emergency kit, filled with essentials like batteries, drinking water and canned food, and a clear family emergency plan are a crucial part of making sure your family is best prepared for an emergency," he said.

Mr Seath Holswich said some preparations were as simple as having a conversation around the dinner table.

"Each family member needs to know what to do in the case of severe weather and know how to familiarise themselves with storm warnings and how to access vital information and updates during a severe weather event," Mr Holswich said.

Mr Ruthenberg and Mr Holswich urged all those with health problems to ensure they would be able to access their medication in the event of severe weather.

If you are not sure where to begin in your storm preparations, visit the Storm Wise website at