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A storm-safe Surfers Paradise: Preparing your emergency kit

By Andrew Bell

If you live in real estate in Surfers paradise, it's always important to be prepared.

Queensland is a state that is blindingly beautiful – vibrant cities, great weather and beaches that last for miles are proof of that. But the region can also sometimes be on the receiving end of nature's wrath. In the worst cases, this can come in the form of cyclones or floods, which are more prevalent during storm season. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has noted that this period occurs roughly between November to April.

How serious is it?

The BoM says that on average, 4.7 cyclones impact the Queensland's zone of responsibility. Now don't pack up your things and head for the nearest bunker just yet. Most storms that hit aren't disastrous by any means. That being said, it's always better to be safe than sorry, and the government insists that all residents be prepared in the case of such an event. 

So what can I do?

Should a serious storm strike, you don't want to be caught with your pants down. Chances are, you'll have to wait the cyclone out as it passes, and there are many ways to make it safer, easier and more comfortable. This involves having an emergency kit prepared in your Surfers Paradise property and ready to go at all times.

Packing it in

The Get Ready initiative by the Queensland government has compiled a list of essentials needed for an emergency kit.

First things first, you'll need the bare minimum to survive; that is, bottled water and a selection of non-perishable foods. The latter are items like canned beans, tuna and soup, which have a long shelf life and do not need refrigeration; essentially, food that you won't have to worry about going bad. The document recommends that you aim to have enough to last you at least three days.

Next, you'll need basic medical items and toiletries. This will mean a First Aid Kit and medication, as well as things like toilet paper, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and other basic hygiene items.

If a severe storm does hit your real estate in Surfers Paradise, there's a chance you could lose electrical power. This is why you'll want to have a torch or powered lantern with fresh batteries at all times. You'll also need some form of communication device that doesn't rely on a cell phone signal, like a radio or wired telephone.

Don't forget that there's a chance you may need to head outdoors while the storm hasn't fully abated yet, or have to endure some wet conditions. Ensure that there's at least one warm jacket or jumper and a pair of closed-toe footwear for everyone.

Important documents might also be something worth preserving in the case of an emergency, and could help with the recovery process. This could include insurance papers, passports, bank account details and so on. The easiest way to have all this is by storing them in a USB stick. Remember to have these in sealed plastic bags.

Preparing your Surfers paradise household

When it comes to readying your family for emergency situations, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. But little of it matters if there isn't sufficient communication about it. It's important to sit down and discuss potential scenarios with your household and how to react in these circumstances. Ensure that everyone knows the Standard Emergency Warning Signal, public services numbers to dial, where to find the emergency kit and meeting locations.

Of course, there's no need to panic now – these are just precautions to put into action, whether you're already living in Surfers Paradise property or on the hunt for it. For all your buying, selling or renting needs, you're already at the right place. Get in touch with Ray White Surfers Paradise to see what we can do for you for your real estate goals.

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