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Are you ready for the worst that nature has in store?

 
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Queensland is a vast state and vulnerable to hazardous weather in spring and summer.

This season, predicted above-average rainfall and warmer temperatures have increased the likelihood of storms across most of the state and cyclones in the north.

While wetter conditions are expected for most of the state, the Rural Fire Service has cautioned the community, particularly in the south east, against complacency when it comes to bushfire season.

That’s why now is the time to make sure your service is ready for whatever nature brings.

Make sure that the roof, gutter and downpipes of your service are free of leaves so that stormwater can drain quickly instead of backing up and overflowing.

Bushfire preparation also involves cleaning gutters to reduce the risk of embers taking hold.

Nearby tall trees should be checked by an arborist to ensure they can withstand the combination of strong winds and wet soil, and any overhanging branches should be trimmed.

Your service will need a comprehensive first aid kit as well as an emergency kit containing the following items:

  • wide masking tape for windows
  • battery-powered radio tuned to your local ABC station
  • torches with spare batteries
  • charged mobile phone and a hardcopy list of family contacts
  • phone numbers for emergency services
  • large garbage bags for emergency rain protection.

Monitoring for storms

The Queensland Government's disasters and alerts provides real-time emergency updates and social media links to vital services and local councils.

Some local governments send severe weather alerts to subscribers by email and SMS. Check your council’s website to see whether they offer this service.

As a major storm approaches, playgrounds should be cleared of loose items such as play equipment, toys and furniture.

Inside, electrical equipment should be disconnected and stored away from windows.

Depending on the severity of the event, families may need to be contacted and asked to collect their children.

During the storm

Children who cannot be collected before the storm should be entertained in a safe location indoors with quiet activities such as reading, drawing and using playdough.

A staff member should be tasked with collecting blankets, drinks, food, nappies, formula and cuddly toys to ensure the children feel safe and secure.

In case of emergency, phone 000 if the situation is life threatening.

If there is damage to buildings, phone the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500. For disruptions to power and water supply, visit disasters and alerts.

Notifying of a closure

If your service needs to close due to storm damage, the approved provider must notify the Regulatory Authority within 24 hours of closure. Further information about how to do this is available on our Early childhood service closures page.

Families and members of the public can access up-to-date information about service closures via the Service and temporary closure information webpage on the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website.

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Last updated 28 October 2020