Summer Storms and being prepared with 101.5 FM



We are all familiar as to how unpredictable the weather is during the Queensland Summer, at 101.5 FM we encourage everyone to be prepared and Tune in to Moreton Bays Own 101.5 FM

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting impact of damaging Storm cells during the next week. 101.5 FM is your Emergency Services Station and during such events manned live 24 hours informing listeners with the latest up to date information





Before the Storm:


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

Move your car under cover or away from trees.
Secure loose outdoor items.
Clear all loose materials (metals, tools, large bits of wood) from around your house and garden.
Trim large branches, especially those hanging over the house and around powerlines.
Service people remove the branches from over powerlines, but if you feel that a specific area needs attention, inform your council. Never attempt to do it yourself.
Have a battery operated radio with fresh batteries ensure your battery and car radios are tuned to 101.5 FM.
Have masking tape – in case you need to tape the windows in the threat of a storm.
Prepare a list of emergency contact numbers.
Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Have an Emergency Survival Kit and make sure your family can access this:

During the Storm:

Listen to 101.5 FM for important information and updates.
Secure all pets and shelter all vehicles and protect them with tarpaulins or blankets.
In the instances that there are intensive and strong winds, tape your windows in the ‘x’ and then the ‘+’ fashion (so it creates a star ‘*’ pattern).
Remain inside in a strong safe place of the house.
Have an Emergency Survival Kit and make sure your family can access this.
Keep clear of window, glass, pipes and anything metal
Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500
If outdoors, shelter in a car and never under a tree.

After the Storm:

Listen to 101.5 FM official information and guidance.
Check your house for damage – if you find it is unstable and unsafe; find a strong part of the house to shelter in.
Contact your State and Territory Emergency Services if you require urgent assistance and seek help from neighbours and family.
Be aware: there could be fallen powerlines, unstable buildings and dangerous branches and trees.
Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

Facts:


Tropical Cyclone Fact 1: the most dangerous hazard associated w' cyclones is a 'storm surge' which can flood coastal areas?

Tropical Cyclone Fact 2: The combination of storm surge & normal ocean tide is known as a 'storm tide'. Storm surge + high tide = increased flooding

Tropical Cyclone Fact 3: Some people aren’t aware the eye of a cyclone is calm & mistakenly venture out 2 early. Stay indoors until you have official advice

Cyclone Catagories

Tropical cyclone category system

CATEGORY 1 (tropical cyclone)

Negligible house damage. Damage to some crops, trees and caravans. Craft may drag moorings. Gales with typical gusts over open flat land of 90-125 km/h.

CATEGORY 2 (tropical cyclone)

Minor house damage. Significant damage to signs, trees and caravans. Heavy damage to some crops. Risk of power failure. Small craft may break moorings. Strongest winds are destructive with typical gusts over open flat land of 125-164 km/h.

CATEGORY 3 (severe tropical cyclone)

Some roof and structural damage. Some caravans destroyed. Power failures likely. A Category 3 cyclone's strongest winds are very destructive with typical gusts over open flat land of 165-224 km/h.

CATEGORY 4 (severe tropical cyclone)

Significant roofing loss and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed and blown away. Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures. A Category 4 cyclone's strongest winds are very destructive with typical gusts over open flat land of 225-279 km/h.

CATEGORY 5 (severe tropical cyclone)

Bureau of Meteorology Understanding tropical cyclone categories

Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction. A Category 5 cyclone's strongest winds are very destructive winds with typical gusts over open flat land of more than 280 km/h.

We encourage Queenslanders to assist people who are new to their area, have a disability, or are elderly or isolated.


Some essential phone numbers you should be aware of:

101.5 FM 5495 1015
SES (Queensland) 132 500 for SES storm and flood emergency assistance.
Dial Triple Zero (000) for Police, Fire and Ambulance in an emergency.
Traffic and travel - 13 19 40
Non-urgent medical help: 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Non-emergency police contact: Policelink on 13 14 44
General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Moreton Bay Regional Council 3205 0555
Energex 13 62 62 for power failures

Note: all links below will open a new tab in your browser, thus keeping this page for further reference

Stay tuned to 101.5 FM throughout the day for updates and information as needed

101.5 FM Facebook Page with Storm Warnings during Storm Events

Essential Links

Weather:
Queensland Storm Warnings Bureau Of Meteorology
Mt Stapylton 128 km Radar Page
Bongaree Tides
Moreton Bay Lightening Tracker
Heat Wave Tracker

Electricity
Energex Power Outages Website

State Government
Queensland Government social media feeds, info from QGov & utilities, weather updates

Road and traffics conditions
Phone 131940 or www.131940.qld.gov.au

Additional Resources:

Disaster Management Queensland
BOM: Preparation and safety checklist
EMQ: Cyclone action advice
ABC Emergency: Plan for a cyclone

Animals and Pets

For important information to prepare you and your pets, and contact details for animal emergencies view the Pets in Emergencies Action Guide: Pets in Emergencies Action Guide in PDF File Format

Lost pets:
During storm and cyclone season pets can become scared and lost. Please ensure your pets have identification on them, and updated microchip details. First please contact Moreton Bays Own 101.5 FM on 5495 1015, and also the RSPCA Qld Lost & Found team on 1300 363 736 or visit our website if you have lost or found a pet RSPCA Lost Pets

Injured wildlife:
Sadly our wild friends are at risk of disorientation, displacement and injury. If you find injured wildlife please contact 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625). More informaton is available on our website, Animal Emergencies

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