NOVEMBER is peak storm season and the local State Emergency Service (SES) is urging residents to be ready when they hit.
Gatton SES Controller Gary Dorr said the group hadbegun their own preparations for storm season, but it was important that residents understood what they could do to prepare themselves.
"We deal with a lot of calls and many of them are made because people are not cleaning their gutters," Mr Dorr said.
"A blocked gutter can cause a lot of damage to a house during a storm."
SES South Western Regional Manager Robert Bundy said having an emergency plan was an important step to prepare for, survive and cope with emergencies such as severe weather or flooding.
"Natural disasters rarely give much warning, so it's important that each and every household are prepared to do what they can to minimise risk and survive," Mr Bundy said.
"Emergency services are trained and ready, but we urge all residents to ask how they can help themselves now, before they call for help.
"It's important that residents start clearing backyards, preparing an emergency kit and educating their children on storm and floodwater safety now, before severe weather hits."
Mr Bundy said there were a number of things residents could do to prepare their home and family before severe weather strikes.
"One of these is to educate your children on storm safety," he said.
"Make sure you children know the dangers of severe weather and floodwaters, and what to do in an emergency to stay safe."
Mr Bundy said all households should have an emergency kit and make sure all family members know their emergency plan.
"Discuss your emergency kit with your children; make sure they know what items are included and where it is kept," Mr Bundy said.
"Your emergency plan should include the specific needs of all family members, outlining the steps they should take should an emergency situation arise."
Mr Bundy said residents were also advised to contact their local council to find out what emergency evacuation plans or early warning signals might be in place in their community and to be familiar with flood-prone areas and the types of natural disasters common to the region.
For further information on storm and severe weather preparation, visit Be Prepared.
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