Residents urged to prepare their homes and avoid travel
  • Thursday 19 February 2015
Sunshine Coast weather floods

As the Sunshine Coast prepares for heavy rainfall in the early hours of Friday morning, Council’s main message to residents is to be prepared.

Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Coordinator Andrew Ryan said people should avoid all unnecessary travel, particularly on Friday morning.

“The best advice we can give at this time is to ask people to travel only if needed, make sure your home is prepared and check on neighbours who may be vulnerable at this time,” Mr Ryan said.

“We need people to start planning for the possibility that roads will be flooded on Friday morning.

“Remember – whether driving or being tempted to enter a river or creek – if it’s flooded, forget it.

“At this stage we’re preparing for weather similar to that during Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013 – the Local Disaster Coordination Centre is now set up and we’re on standby to respond as we did then.”

Mr Ryan urged residents to prepare a household emergency kit and a plan to help themselves, their families and neighbours.

“People need to ensure they are prepared – whether that be plan about where you can go, and how you would get there if evacuation is required or how you would survive if you were cut off from electricity or access to fresh food for up to three days,” Mr Ryan said.

“Weather warnings, road closures and other important information can be found on Council’s Disaster Hub at www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

“Disaster Hub also links to airport updates, traffic cameras, flood mapping, and Council’s news updates and social media.”

SES is supplying sandbags and sand – call 13 25 00.

For regular weather updates, you can also tune into your local radio station.

Emergency numbers

For life threatening emergencies call 000

Emergency help in storms and floods SES 132 500