SES says to stay safe this storm season

SES Logan City local controller Jim Ferguson said storms were the biggest weather concern in Logan, and the majority of emergencies the SES responded to were collapsed ceilings caused by residents failing to maintain their gutters.

Storm season has already begun in Queensland, and the State Emergency Services (SES) have warned now is the time for residents to prepare their homes for the oncoming severe weather.

SES Logan City local controller Jim Ferguson said storms were the biggest weather concern in Logan, and the majority of emergencies the SES responded to were collapsed ceilings caused by residents failing to maintain their gutters.

“It’s absolutely paramount for people to clean the leaves out of their gutters,” Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Ferguson said gutters blocked by leaves caused rain water to back up into the valleys of the roof, which could enter and flood the ceiling.

“When you’ve got insulation in the roof, it soaks up the water,” he said.

“It could be raining for days before the ceiling collapses under the weight.

“50 percent of our callouts are caused by people not cleaning out their gutters.”

Mr Ferguson said now was the time for Logan residents to get their homes storm ready and encourage their neighbours to do the same.

People are encouraged to assess risks caused by big trees, old trees, or trees with loose branches that could fall on or cause damage to the house in a storm event.

A branch or tree that falls on a roof could break tiles and cause water to enter the ceiling.

“Even a branch that hits the ceiling and slides off might have cracked or punctured the roof, and eventually the rain leaks in,” Mr Ferguson said.

SES Logan practicing chainsaw training in preparation for storm season.

Mr Ferguson said now was the time to secure anything in the yard that could fly away in a storm, including furniture and trampolines.

“Get it under cover, or tie it down,” he said.

General storm safety measures include: 

  • Avoid driving if possible;
  • Keep pets locked up;
  • Clean gutters and remove overhanging branches;
  • Secure loose outdoor items;
  • Park vehicles under cover away from trees, powerlines and waterways;
  • Warn friends and family about severe storm warnings.

A full list of storm safety measures is available at the Queensland Government Preparing for Disasters website.

There are six SES branches in Logan located at Park Ridge, Logan Village, Jimboomba, Logan Central, Beenleigh and Daisy Hill.

Across all branches, the SES in Logan has only 160 volunteers to support the 340’000 people living in Logan.

“We’re always after extra volunteers,” Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Ferguson said there was a job for almost everyone at the SES, including retirees.

“We’ve got a good demographic of volunteers; carpenters, paramedics, doctors, truck drivers, excavators,” he said.

As well as needing volunteers for jobs like repairing rooftops, the SES needs people to perform various duties on the ground.

For help during a non life-threatening emergency contact the SES on 132 500.

Always call 000 during life-threatening emergencies.

For expressions of interest in volunteering with the SES, contact Jim on 3209 5522.