5 September 2012
Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle, today joined Energex and the Bureau of Meteorology to officially mark the start of the annual South East Queensland storm season.
Following two years dominated by heavy rain events, in their seasonal forecast the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a more typical storm season for South East Queensland, with a rapid increase in storm activity expected in the next few months.
With that forecast in mind, Mr McArdle encouraged Queenslanders to prepare early to ensure their families and friends stay safe, and help protect their properties from damage.
“With the weather Queenslander’s have endured over the past few years, including floods, storms and cyclones, it’s hard to believe yet another storm season is just around the corner,” Mr McArdle said.
“Severe weather events are an inevitable part of living in Queensland, and now is the ideal time for people to prepare. By taking a few simple steps such as stocking an emergency kit, trimming overhanging tree branches, securing outdoor furniture, and signing up to early warning alerts, residents will be well prepared for the upcoming storm season.
“It’s also important for people to have a plan in place in case power interruptions occur – keep a torch with fresh batteries in a handy location, and if storms are predicted make sure mobile phones and laptop computers are charged.”
Speaking at the launch held at the company’s EsiTrain facility at Rocklea, Energex Chief Executive Officer Terry Effeney highlighted the company’s preparations for the storm season.
“Even before the last storm season finished we were planning for this summer, with significant work completed to ensure the electricity network is well placed to withstand severe weather events,” he said.
“As a result of Energex’s ongoing electricity network upgrades and maintenance, and proactive vegetation management and helicopter patrol programs, the South East Queensland electricity network is more reliable than ever.
“The reality is that, despite preparations, storms often still damage the electricity network, and that’s where my team step in, working alongside volunteers and staff from other emergency agencies to get residents and whole communities back on their feet after disaster strikes.
“An increased number of Energex field and technical staff will be on standby during the storm season, with both on-road and support staff ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
“I encourage South East Queenslanders to prepare early and stay safe this storm season, and importantly, if powerlines come down stay well away and call Energex’s priority line on 13 19 62.”
For more information about preparing for severe weather events, or for power restoration updates, visit energex.com.au
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