5 ways you can use the blackout to prepare for what lies ahead
Fierce storms have lashed South Australia today, triggering widespread blackouts and leaving thousands of people without power across the state. Adelaide’s CBD has been plunged into darkness, with all traffic lights down and many trams and train lines out of service.
And unfortunately there might be more to come. Further severe thunderstorms are predicted for Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges, and flash flooding is feared at locations such as Whyalla, Clare, Maitland, Hawker and Leigh Creek.
Check here for the latest storm information and updates from the South Australian State Emergency Service.
5 ways you can prepare yourself
Make the most of the current blackout to prepare yourself and your home for the further predicted storms.
- Make sure everyone is safe
- Locate all family members and flatmates – make sure everyone is home safe.
- Check on elderly or unwell family members and neighbours.
- Remember your furry friends too – bring all pets inside and keep them comforted and safe.
- Batten down the hatches
- Secure your windows and doors.
- If you can, move car under cover to protect it from falling branches and other storm damage.
- Check your balcony or garden – move outdoor furniture and other items inside or into your shed or garage.
- Survey your supplies
- Chances are your local shops are closed, but if your local corner store or servo is open, stock up on some basics – things like milk, bread, batteries and matches.
- Otherwise, take stock of your pantry so you can find things more easily in the dark.
- Keep your fridge and freezer closed to maintain the cold within and avoid food spoiling.
- Locate your torches and fit them with new batteries.
- Find your candles and matches and keep them handy, but out of reach of little ones.
- Prepare an emergency evacuation bag
- Just in case the worst happens and you need to leave your home unexpectedly, pack an emergency bag.
- Include some basic essentials and any important documents such as insurance policies, a selection of photos and valuables.
- Stay positive – and relax!
- Once you’ve prepared your home – make the most of the situation.
- Run a warm bath, light some candles, and bliss out.
- Stay positive and try to gather your thoughts so you’re calm and prepared.
If you are adversely affected by the storms, you might need some financial help.
Keep checking the Department of Human Services website to see if natural disaster funding has been granted to the region. You may be eligible for Federal Government assistance to help recover from a major natural disaster.
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