Ergon reminds people to be prepared for storm season
WITH regional Queensland being hit by severe storms this week, Ergon Energy has released a timely reminder to be prepared for the storm season.
Ergon Energy executive general manager operations Peter Billing said the storms severely damaged property and Ergon's network in several outback towns interrupting power for several days to customers on its remote SWER network.
"You can never storm - proof the network and all electricity networks are susceptible to damage in severe storms and cyclones. And it takes time to repair and rebuild the network over long distances if access is available.
"This is our traditional storm season and that's why it's important for our customers to prepare for potential interruptions to their power supply," Mr Billing said.
"Customers play an important role in ensuring their own personal safety and minimising their inconvenience if power outages occur.
"They should be able to cope for three days with roads, power and water supplies cut and the possible loss of telecommunications. This includes having sufficient water and food available.
"An emergency kit is essential. It should contain at least a torch and working batteries, a first aid kit, a portable battery operated radio and important documents in a waterproof bag. And generators should be tested, fuelled and ready."
Mr Billing said outage information is available 24/7 by ringing 132296 or at Ergon's web site at http://www.ergon.com.au/outages--and--disruptions
The website also provides detailed advice on what to do before, during and after storms and cyclones at http://www.ergon.com.au/outages--and--disruptions/storms-and-disasters/storm-and-cyclone-safety