Time to get ready as storm season approaches in region
IT'S approaching peak season for emergency services with the coming of summer and storms, with the bushfire season already well under way and the wet season and potential flooding just around the corner.
SES Week starts on Saturday and is a handy reminder of the devastation our climate and extreme seasons can bring.
And volunteers all over the state are preparing for another busy couple of months.
But it isn't just about responding to a disaster, Emergency Management Queensland's assistant director-general Bruce Grady says.
It is about everyone being prepared and lightening the load on SES volunteers and other emergency agencies.
"Prepare well and act early if you believe your property could become isolated," Mr Grady said.
Emergency services do a great job in a huge state known for unexpected and at times deadly and devastating weather events and natural disasters.
Mr Grady said communities could be left without food and fresh drinking water, power and communications for long periods.
"Cyclones, storms and floods have the potential to cause isolation and interrupt essential services, potentially affecting hundreds or thousands of residents," Mr Grady said.
"Roads may be cut by floodwater and winds can knock down trees and powerlines, preventing residents from leaving their homes and making it more difficult for emergency services to reach them."
And as has happened in various parts of the Gladstone region during recent storm and wet seasons, communities can be cut off and isolated for days or even weeks.
- Life threatening emergency call 000
- Storm or flood assistance SES on 132 500