Brisbane residents could be at risk this storm season

RACQ has issued a dire warning to Brisbane residents, with more than one in four locals admitting they left disaster preparation to the last minute and acted only when a severe storm was on their doorstep.

RACQ has issued a dire warning to Brisbane residents, with more than one in four locals admitting they left disaster preparation to the last minute and acted only when a severe storm was on their doorstep.

It followed confirmation from the Bureau of Meteorology of a La Nina weather system, which would likely result in a wet and wild disaster season, with the potential for 15 tropical cyclones to form in Australia.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the insurer, which had recorded 5,895 claims for storm damage in Brisbane in the past three years, urged locals to prepare now as storm season fast approached.   

“Shockingly, our data shows people in Brisbane are leaving their preparation until it’s too late. You can’t begin planning for a storm when it’s already bearing down on you, and we know this year could be disastrous,” Ms Ross said.

“It’s not just about tidying up your property and putting away loose items, it’s so much more than that. Emergency plans require thought and communication with everyone in your household and emergency kits need plenty of careful consideration – they might become life-saving if disaster strikes.

“If you’re packing your kit while lightning is striking and thunder clashing, you’re likely to forget something important.”

Ms Ross said even more concerning was data which showed more than 41 percent of southern Queenslanders would never create an emergency kit or plan.

“Putting a plan together now could make all the difference in a severe storm,” she said.

“Just think, if you had to leave home in an emergency, what would you take, where would you go, who would collect the kids, pets and any items you can’t live without like prescription medication, food, water and nappies for those with babies? Half an hour of planning today could make all the difference this summer.”