SES member Corey Waynwright (right) filling sandbags for concerned residents in Hervey Bay.
SES member Corey Waynwright (right) filling sandbags for concerned residents in Hervey Bay. Brendan Bufi

What you can do to be prepared for severe weather

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services is urging people to be prepared for the expected severe weather.

"Check your house, in particular the roof, is in good condition, keep branches clear of the house, clean gutters and clear your property of debris," QFES deputy commissioner Mark Roche said. 

"Also ensure your emergency kit is well stocked with essential items and is kept close by. 

"If you live in an area which could be impacted by localised flooding, move vehicles, outdoor equipment, indoor items, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations."

Mr Roche said the heavy rainfall could result in the flooding of creeks, drains and causeways.

"The simple and constant message here is: if it's flooded, forget it," he said.

"Under no circumstance should you enter floodwaters by road or on foot.

"If you come across a flooded road, turn around and seek an alternative route.

"Parents, supervise their children closely and discourage them from playing or swimming in flooded creeks or drains.

"Floodwater could mask hidden dangers such as storm debris, eroded areas that are deeper than they appear, or strong currents."

Mr Roche reminded residents to keep in mind State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers respond to hundreds of requests during peak storm activity and asked that those requiring assistance be patient.

"Most SES tasks are not quick jobs, and often extensive work and time is required to attend to storm damage," he said.

For updated information, monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website and for further information on how to prepare, visit the disaster website or get ready website.

For storm and flood emergency assistance, phone the SES on 132 500 and in a life-threatening emergency dial 000.