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Cyclone Marcia Update

Feb 19, 2015

Southeast QLD will be pounded with massive rain dumps and gale-force winds when Tropical Cyclone Marcia slams into the coastline today.

It is on track to make landfall at Yeppoon as a Category 5 system at roughly 9am Friday 20/02/2015. Forecasters predict the cyclone will then spear south and dump up to 500mm of rain in some areas, causing flooding. It will likely track past Brisbane as an intense low on Saturday.

AustBrokers Comsure urges our clients to prepare for the worst and batten down the hatches. This is a faster moving system so there will be a lot of rain in a shorter time frame. Sandbags are available at SES field services headquarters at Newmarket, Balmoral, Darra, Zillmere and Lota.

The severe weather front can result in property damage, power outages, and isolation due to floodwaters and debris.

Visit the Brisbane City Council Website “Be Prepared” to access a number of useful online tools, including three instructional videos.

  • Preparing an emergency kit
  • Preparing your home, and
  • How to use sandbags.

The website also features updated flood information online tools, including Flood Awareness Maps showing flood risk, types of flooding, and historical flood maps. It’s a good idea to have a proper understanding of your home’s flood risk, wherever you live in our city.

There’s also a number of simple steps (also available on the website) that residents can take to prepare — namely:

  • Clean up your yard. Trim tree branches clear of the house, and remove any green waste.
  • Check and clean your roof, skylights, gutters and downpipes.
  • Secure loose items. If a storm is approaching, make sure to secure any loose items in the yard such as toys and outdoor furniture so they don’t become potentially dangerous missiles.
  • Shelter and secure pets, and put vehicles under cover if possible or cover with blankets.
  • Store valuables up high if flooding is likely to affect your property.
  • Prepare an emergency kit. This should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.
  • Identify the location of the closest Council depot offering collection of free pre-filled sandbags.
  • Sign up to Council’s Early Warning Alert Service on Council’s website. Join nearly 90,000 households who have already signed up for the free service which will notify residents of any urgent emergency alerts that may potentially affect their residential address via email, SMS, and/or home phone.

It’s these simple steps that can make all the difference when disaster strikes so prepare as much as you can. Please ring AustBrokers Comsure on 1800 122 194 should you have any questions or wish to speak to your Insurance Adviser.

For further weather / cyclone updates, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology here.

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