Like many areas of south east Queensland, Logan is subject to severe storms, particularly those involving lightning. Cyclones are more infrequent, but are nevertheless a real threat during the tropical storm season (November to March).
Preparing - in advance
- Prepare an emergency kit
- Trim trees and branches well clear of your home (keep trees under or near powerlines to a height less than 4 metres)
- Check/secure roofing
- Clean gutters and downpipes
- Clear yard of loose materials that may become wind-blown hazards
- If possible, fit window shutters or, at least, metal screens.
Energex prefers that trees not be planted under powerlines. It publishes a planting guide with suggested "powerline-friendly" trees. For more information refer to Energex.
Preparing - when storm or cyclone is approaching
- Listen to your local radio/TV station for official advice and warnings
- Shelter and secure pets and animals
- Store loose items inside (is possible, put outdoor furniture in your pool)
- Shelter vehicles under cover or cover with tied tarpaulins/blankets
- Secure doors and windows and draw curtains
- Put valuables, medications, spare warm clothing etc. in plastic bags with your emergency kit
- Disconnect electrical items and outside TV aerials and turn off gas
- Fill bins and boats with water
- In the case of a cyclone, fuel your car and park it undercover
- Keep timber strips, hammer and nails handy.