Worst of the weather expected in next 24 hours
  • Sunday 27 January 2013

Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Coordinator Alan (Fox) Rogers said the latest update from the Queensland Bureau of Meteorology show the worst of the weather is now hitting the Coast and will continue all day and overnight.

“The BOM has indicated the weather system will bring up to 300mm of rain and winds reaching speeds of more than 125 km/h during the next 24 hours.

The bureau is advising that the weather will include destructive and unpredictable winds, with the possibility of tornadoes, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf.

The best advice we can give at this time is to ask people to travel only if needed and to check on neighbours who may be vulnerable at this time.

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

“We don’t want our emergency service officers and volunteers to be risking their lives responding to accidents that could have been avoided.”

In response to the worsening conditions, council will open the following the following Emergency Evacuation Centres from 8.00 am:

    • Nambour Civic Centre, 60-64 Currie Street, Nambour
    • The J at Noosa Junction, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
    • Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Caloundra Road, Golden Beach

The Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour will be open for caravans from 9.00 am

If you must travel, check for road closures on www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or on Main Roads website www.131940.qld.gov.au before your start and follow instruction, including detours, on any road side signage.

Before heading off for a flight or to pick up visitors at the Sunshine Coast Airport, contact the airline you are flying with for the latest information (Jetstar 131 538 and Virgin Australia 136 789) or visit www.sunshinecoastairport.com.au

Sunshine Coast beaches will remain closed to swimmers due to the dangerous surf. Check with the lifeguard on duty before taking to the water. Remember, no flags – no swim.

For life threatening emergencies call 000.

For emergency help in storms and floods call SES 13 25 00.

For more information, tune into your local radio station.

Media enquiries:

Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Co-ordinator: Alan (Fox) Rogers

LDMG Media Officer:

Danielle Burns: 0400 780 492

Attached is a list of additional emergency numbers:

Emergency numbers

For life threatening emergencies call 000.

Emergency help in storms and floods SES 132 500

Below is available here: (http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=afterhours )and was last updated 30 August 2012

Council
Tel: (07) 5475 7272
Visit Facebook for updates

https://www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastCouncil?sk=app_4949752878

 

Ambulance
Tel: 000 (emergency only)
Queensland Ambulance website

http://www.ambulance.qld.gov.au/

 

State Emergency Service (SES)
Tel: 132 500
State Emergency Service (SES) website

Police
Tel: 000 (emergency only)
Queensland Police website . Use the 'police station locator' to find your nearest police station
Visit Facebook for updates

Fire Brigade
Tel: 000 (emergency only)
Queensland Fire and Rescue Services website

Bureau of Meteorology
Tel: 1300 659 219
Bureau of Meteorology website

http://www.bom.gov.au/

 

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ)

www.disaster.qld.gov.au/

 

  • information on preparing for a disaster.
  • covers warnings and alerts to preparedness
  • provides information regarding the management of pets during a disaster. More information about managing pets can be access on the RSPCA website: www.rspca.org.au

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ)

http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/Disaster%20Resources/default.html

  • Tools and resources

Lifeline
Tel: 13 11 14
Lifeline website

Red Cross
Tel: 1300 554 419
Red Cross website

St Vincent de Paul
Tel: (07) 5443 1946
St Vincent de Paul website

Volunteering Qld
Tel: (07) 5443 8256
Volunteering Qld website

Sunshine Coast Airport
Tel: (07) 5453 1500
Sunshine Coast Airport website

Unitywater
Tel: 1300 0 UNITY (1300 086 489)
Unitywater website

Hospitals
Nambour General (07) 5470 6600
Caloundra (07) 5436 8500
Noosa Private (07) 5455 9200

Traffic and Travel Information
(Dept. of Transport and Main Roads)
Tel: 13 19 40
131940 website

RACQ
Tel: 13 19 05
RACQ website

Telstra
Tel: 13 22 03
Telstra website

Energex
Tel: 13 19 62 (Emergency)
13 62 62 (Loss of supply)
13 12 53 (Enquiries)
Energex website

RSPCA Qld
Tel: 1300 363 736
RSPCA Qld

www.rspca.org.au

Helpful services:

For non-life threatening enquiries:

  • The Community Recovery Hotline number for information about current disaster activations on 1800 173 349.
  • Register for the Emergency Alert Service. This service is free and uses a landline or mobile to alert about a pending disaster. Information about the service can be accessed at www.emergencyalert.gov.au.

Other:

Bureau of Meteorology Cyclone Advice: 1300 659 212

Road closures: 131 940

For ongoing storm updates, tune into your local radio station.