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Severe Weather Warning

13 Mar 2014, 4:43 PM

The MetService and Ministry of Civil Defence have issued a severe storm warning advising people to prepare for possible severe weather this weekend.  Read the latest media release under the related links.

What should you do, before, during and after a storm

Before a storm:

  • Develop a Household Emergency Plan.
  • Assemble and maintain your Emergency Survival Items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit.
  • Prepare your property for high winds.
  • Secure large heavy objects or remove any item which can become a deadly or damaging missile.
  • List items that may need to be secured or moved indoors when strong winds are forecast.
  • Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.
  • You need to stay up to date with the weather reports – Met Service – Websites – TV & Radio
  • Check drains and gutters to make sure they are clear of debris.
  • Store outdoor furniture, umbrellas  and sail cloths.
  • Have a torch and alternative cooking facilities ready in case of power cuts.
  • Know how to isolate power water and gas to your property.
  • Keep rain clothing and stout footwear accessible
  • Make sure your GO BAG is ready Think about an evacuation plan – where would you go? How would you get there?
  • If farming, know which paddocks are safe to move livestock away from floodwaters, landslides and power lines.

 

If the heavy rains and winds arrive:

  • Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations as civil defence authorities will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

  • Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.

  • Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.

  • Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.

  • If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house. If you must open a window or a door to go outside or let someone in do so on the downwind side of the house.

  • Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.

  • Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

  • Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges. If power is lost unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored.

  • Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.

  • People who live in low lying areas prone to flooding should continue to monitor water/river levels.

  • There is always another day to catch a fish or tramp in the bush

  • Check your neighbours are OK.

 

After a storm:

  • Listen to your local radio stations as emergency management officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

  • Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially people who require special assistance.
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
  • Contact your local council if your house or building has been severely damaged.
  • If your property or contents are damaged take notes and photographs and contact your insurance company. Inform your landlord if there is damage to the rental property.
  • Ask your council for advice on how to clean up debris safely.