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Have you storm-proofed your property in Deception Bay?

By James Brown

Owners of property in Deception Bay should take whatever steps they can to protect their homes whenever a storm is forecast to hit.

Moreton Bay Regional Council is offering advice on how to do just that, as some simple preparations can go a long way if wild weather does arrive.

The council has a free storm alert service known as MoretonAlert, which sends out messages via email of SMS with the latest weather information.

Residents of the area are also recommended to keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology's website, as this will regularly be updated with the latest forecasts and weather data.

Regional flood maps are likewise a great resource, as they will show whether your property and local area are at risk of excessive rainfall.

Households are advised to have an emergency plan in place just in case the worst should ever happen. Prepare for all eventualities from a loss of power to water surrounding your property.

Make sure you have a battery-operated radio to hand as well, as this will provide regular updates on what is going on in your area should the power ever be cut off.

It's also a good idea to have all important documents in a safe place, as well as food, bottled water and a first aid kit.

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