Aerial shots of the Warwick region in flood on January 11, 2011.
Aerial shots of the Warwick region in flood on January 11, 2011. John Towells, pilot Peter Lindores

Time to prepare for wet season

WE ARE getting closer to our wet season so I thought we might talk about what to do around the home to keep you and your family safe.

I have noticed how much moisture is on the ground and how saturated the sub-soil is. With the coming season, it would only take 100-150mm of rain at The Head to cause flooding downstream including Killarney and Warwick.

So what can you do?

If you are new to the area find out if it floods near you and what effect it may have on you.

Always listen to what the weather bureau has to say. They will issue warnings in a timely manner and this will help you to prepare.

You need to have an emergency action plan and you need to make sure it is practised and the whole family knows and understands it.

Have a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone and in your kit.

Your basic kit should contain a first-aid kit, torch, radio, spare batteries for radio and torch, and working gloves.

Make sure you have adequate time to move any livestock, pets or machinery to higher ground and there is an ample supply of feed for the livestock.

Find out where your family is and check that your neighbours are up to date with the situation.

Be prepared to be evacuated and always follow the instructions of the emergency services.



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