La Nina: 70% chance of severe weather pattern this summer

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After issuing a La Nina alert for this spring, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting a 70 per cent chance of La Nina system storming through Southeast Queensland in summer as well. This means there's a higher chance of storms and wet weather in the coming months. For Queenslanders, such an event is not new as we’ve lived through a fair share of severe weather, but it is always a great idea to prepare. Here’s what you can do to prepare for the storm season.

Be on Alert

Subscribe to Brisbane City Council SMS alert to receive a message on right on your phone when a severe weather alert is issued by BOM. You can find out about it here.

Weather Radar

There’re useful weather apps that you can download on your phone for the more detailed overview of the weather forecast like the one developed by BOM. In their app, you can see the rain radar which will help you prepare for the severe weather as well.

Check your insurance

Making sure you have the insurance that covers damage caused by the severe weather event is a crucial step in your preparation for the La Nina season. Speak to your insurer about what your policy covers and your covered valuables are up to date.

Prepare your property

There’re some steps that you can take to help your property and your valuables sustain less damage. Start with clearing out the gutters, trimming loose tree branches, and checking the roof.

Make an emergency kit

The emergency kit is an important step in preparation for the season and all of your household members should know where it’s kept. The Emergency Kit includes everything from food and water through to documents.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food
  • First Aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Boots and waterproof jacket
  • Utility knife and duct tape
  • Important documents

For the full list of items and more information about the Emergency Kit, go here.

Evacuation plan

Sit down with your family and agree on the evacuation plan, just to prepare and make sure everyone can stay safe if a severe weather event affects your house. Whether it’s for a storm, flood or bushfire, everyone should be on the same page and know what they need to do and where to go.

If you’re renting and think your property might get affected by severe weather, always reach out to your property manager if you have any questions or concerns.