Tips for storm season

Dec 2016

Due to the open and exposed nature of caravan parks, park managers tend to be very organised in regards to storm season preparation.

But following the second-wettest winter on record and above-average rainfall in Spring, caravan park managers need to be specially prepared for some wild weather this storm season.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), October to April is the peak time for tropical cyclones, flood and thunderstorms.

BOM spokesperson Andrea Peace said, on average, 11 tropical cyclones develop in Australia each year with an average of four across coastal regions.

"Due to La Niña-like temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, there is an average to above-average number of cyclones expected,” Ms Peace said.

RTA CEO Darren Barlow said for any accommodation provider, being prepared for storm season was the best protection from Queensland’s wild weather as severe storms can strike at any time and cause major damage to property.

"Park managers are responsible for keeping the property in good repair and this includes trimming trees and ensuring drains are clear,"

"Managers may also want to remind tenants to secure outside furniture or other large items as these can act as a missile and cause serious damage.

"Children’s play equipment and toys or anything that could cause damage should also be secured," he said.

For information on preparing for storm season, watch the RTA’s webinar.

The SES also has a series of "Get Ready" fact sheets.