Don't wait till it's too late -
Be Storm Safe
The State Emergency Service (SES) is the lead response agency for floods, storms and tsunamis across Queensland.
Functions of the SES include helping to ensure that communities throughout the state are adequately prepared to reduce the impact of these events.
Assisting communities prepare for these events can reduce the damage, loss and costs associated with floods, storms and tsunamis. The protection of life is the priority for the SES in these events.
BEFORE YOU CALL
Ask yourself... do you really need the SES? The priority of SES is to assist the most vulnerable people in the community who can't otherwise help themselves.
You can help by:
- using a bucket to capture leaking water
- moving furniture from under leaks
- internal tarping furniture
- helping your neighbour
- helping your family
During an emergency or disaster, calls to this number increase significantly therefore it could take hours and even days before the SES are able to come to you. If you can help yourself then they have more time to assist vulnerable members of the community.
HELP YOURSELF: SANDBAGS
Sandbagging can be quite helpful where the level of water is not expected to be too high. Otherwise you need a considerable number of bags, sand and plastic sheeting.
Sandbagging your doors doesn't stop water from entering your house via the seep holes. Sandbagging your front fence line doesn't stop water entering through your neighbours' property, or their neighbour's property.
Place sandbags against entry points to the house otherwise you risk damming and catching rain which may then enter your house.
For tips on using sandbags to protect your home and business see this page.
DISASTERS WILL HAPPEN - ARE YOU PREPARED?
Help the SES by:
- Helping yourself, your family, your neighbours and/or vulnerable people within the community
- Keeping your gardens and trees maintained
- Keeping your gutters clear
- Be Prepared
- Listen to instructions and warnings
- Keep an emergency kit
- Ensure you have clear drainage around your house
- Have tarps ready for internal use
- Have sandbags, plastic and sand ready to sandbag your doors.
SES members are helping you while their properties are being impacted too.
Help yourself and your family - Help your neighbours and those who are vulnerable.
Keep your gardens and trees maintained - Keep your gutters clear - Be prepared.
Listen to instructions and warnings - Keep an emergency kit - Ensure clear drainage around your house.
Allow priority to SES vehicles attending an emergency as it might be time-critical.
Only 132 500 during flood and storm "emergencies" and where you cannot help yourself.
SES may take hours or even days to respond in large scale events.