With Sydney’s east coast taking a battering over the weekend with wild storms and heavy rains its important to take the appropriate measures to ensure families are kept safe.
The NSW State Emergency Services (SES) have reported to have received a call for assistance every 30 seconds during the weekend’s storm activity. It is timely to remember a few simple guidelines that the SES recommend to remain safe –
- Never enter or travel through floodwater
- Stay indoors, clear of windows and bring children and pets inside
- Stay clear of creeks, drains, causeways, gutters, streams, fallen trees, power lines and damaged buildings
- If driving, put your hazard lights on and pull over to the side of the road keeping clear of drains, causeways, streams, creeks, trees and power lines
- If outdoors, seek secure shelter away from drains, causeways, streams, creeks, trees and power lines
- Listen to your local radio station and other media for information, updates and advice.
During Flash Floods
When flash flooding is likely, leaving low-lying homes and businesses (evacuation) well before flash flooding begins is the best action to take, but only if it is safe to do so. If you are trapped by rising floodwater, seek refuge in the highest part of a sturdy building. Stay there and call ‘000’ (triple zero) if you need rescue.
Be sure not to forget about the pets!
Many pets are fearful of storms and bad weather. The sound of strong winds and thunder can be very stressful. Some tips to remember –
- Make sure your pets have up to date identification and proof of vaccinations
- Bring your pets indoors, making sure they have bedding, food, water and any necessary medications.
- If you are able to evacuate, make sure you take your pets on a leash or muzzled if required and transported appropriately
- Some animals become distressed and disorientated during a storm. If animals are missing during a storm, check your local pound, RSPCA or boarding kennels. Bring a photo of you’re a pet to assist.
Most importantly – use common sense and remain safe at all times.
(Source – www.ses.nsw.gov.au )