As Gold Coasters, we are spoiled with picture-perfect sunny days almost all year round, but every now and then, wild weather can impact our beloved city.
The Gold Coast has seen its fair share of cyclones, severe floods, storms, bushfires and heat waves, many of which are still vivid in the memories of locals.
1029 Hot Tomato’s breakfast and drive announcers have all experienced major weather events while living on the Gold Coast.
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“I remember a couple of years ago we had some storms that were so bad that Mayor Tom Tate and the council actually shut down all the schools and told everyone to go home and prepare,” Breakfast announcer Emily Jade O’Keeffe told myGC.
“It did rain a lot and we had some damage at our house. The point is, we need to be prepared.”
Drive announcer Moyra Major told myGC she has seen plenty of wild weather on the Gold Coast.
“I’ve lived on the Gold Coast since 1980, so I am certainly not a stranger to crazy weather. I do remember there was a part of Ashmore Road, when we lived at Keen Road, where it would flood every single time there was pretty heavy rain, which meant that I actually missed my first ever, and only, McDonald’s birthday party. I’m still upset about it now!”
With storm season already underway, and a wet summer on the cards due to La Niña, City of Gold Coast is urging locals to get an emergency kit and emergency plan prepared.
An emergency kit is essential, and should include everything you and your family would need to survive if you lost access to drinking water, power, the internet and other services for up to three days.
Some important items to include are:
- bottled water
- tinned food
- a torch with spare batteries
- a portable phone charger
- a battery radio also with spare batteries
- a medical kit
- copies of important documents in waterproof bags and
- any special needs for your family like infant formula or prescription medicines.
Having an emergency and evacuation plan can help buffer the impacts of a natural disaster on you and your family.
Some questions to consider when putting together your plan include:
- Where would you meet your loved ones if you were separated?
- How would you get your children from school or childcare?
- Where you would go if you had to evacuate?
- How would you look after your pets and check in on your neighbours in an emergency?
- What alternative routes could you use if roads around your home / work / school / office were flooded or blocked?
Being prepared can help safeguard your family, pets and property against severe weather events and natural disasters. For more tips on how to get ready, visit: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/getready