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The essential flood checklist

Flooding is often a consequence of storm season that can cause untold damage on a home. However, if you plan ahead and take a few simple steps, flooding can have less of an impact should it affect your home.

When prepping for major weather events like flooding, having a thorough checklist is an easy way to get and stay organised. There are a few factors your checklist might include to help you to calmly and clearly respond to any emergencies.

Here’s an example of a simple flood checklist:

  • Keep poisons in a high point in a home, to prevent the risk of contaminating your space.
  • Switch off electricity and gas.
  • Have sandbags on hand for covering indoor drains, which can stop sewerage backwash.
  • Organise an updated emergency kit.
  • Secure indoor items like valuables and appliances by moving them to higher ground.
 

What may seem like common sense can be a lifesaver in the event of a severe flood. It’s always better to plan ahead and feel confident in the case of an emergency.

 

Download our free, essential checklist for flooding here and also take a look at the Get Ready Queensland page dedicated to flood preparation. The site also provides a handy guide on the differences between flood types.

There are also advances in building and development that can help reduce the damage from flooding in and around your home. You can find out more by exploring Resilience Road here.

Do your research

Knowing how to respond to a flood warning could be the difference between disaster and the survival of your home. It’s important to stay on top of updates during peak season, and to be across risks — these might be different for every Queenslander.

Start by getting in touch with your local council. They’ll be able to tell you if the property you are living in is at risk. This information is important for planning ahead. When a major event hits, your family’s safety comes first. Contact 000 in an emergency and visit Queensland Disaster Management for current local and state emergency alerts.

The information is intended to be of a general nature only. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.

The essential flood checklist

AUTHOR:

Suncorp

DATE: 

March 17, 2022

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