Doubt remains about what Cyclone Oma will do next. What is certain is that Sunshine Coast beaches will suffer heavy erosion whatever track it takes.
Doubt remains about what Cyclone Oma will do next. What is certain is that Sunshine Coast beaches will suffer heavy erosion whatever track it takes. Brant Hardgrave

SES urges Sunshine Coast to prepare now

HOME owners have been urged to prepare now ahead of any potential heavy weather to come.

Uncertainty remained over whether Cyclone Oma would pose a significant threat to Queensland's southeast coast or just generate huge seas causing significant coastal erosion.

North Coast Region SES acting regional manager Sally-Anne Bloomield said the better prepared home owners were, the better able they would be to respond to and recover from any major storm event.

Ms Bloomfield said while there was a potential for the cyclone to impact, its future course could not be predicted at this point but people should consider the likelihood for storms towards the end of the week.

She urged people to look to the BOM website for regular updates and to consider how they would manage the situation if there was a need to evacuate.

Roofs should be checked for loose titles and gutters and downpipes cleaned so that in the event of heavy rain there was less chance of inundation or water getting into ceilings.

Ms Bloomfield said trees should be trimmed and any overhanging branches cut back.

Children's toys, garden furniture and any other loose items should be secured and emergency kits prepared.

"Have a plan for your home,” Ms Bloomfield said.

She said parents needed to ensure children knew how to contact them and in the event of a sudden storm, know where to go.

Heavy rain could cause flash flooding, particularly in normally flood-prone areas.

Assistance from the SES can be obtained by calling 132500 or securing via iTunes or Google the 132500 SES Qld Assistance app which allows home owners to request assistance.

In the event of any emergency Ms Bloomfield said people should call 000.



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