NOW is the time to get ready for storm season.

Toowoomba State Emergency Services group leader Frank Devlin said the best defence against storm damage was early preparation as storms rolled in through the region over the next few months.

"There are a lot of storms that come through, particularly from the south-west and western areas," he said.

"This time of year they're fairly regular but no-one can predict them accurately."

A few simple steps around the home can defend properties against damage, with gutter cleaning topping the list.

"Blocked gutters cause most of the internal damage to a house," Mr Devlin said.

"Get somebody to have a look at your gutters, particularly if you live in an area with a lot of trees.

"You get a lot of wind around so if you have got trees around the house, keep them pruned back.

"Any toys and things like trampolines and barbecues tend to become missiles when you get wind beneath them."

STORM SEASON: SES volunteer Frank Devlin advises people to prepre their properties for storms. Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
STORM SEASON: SES volunteer Frank Devlin advises people to prepre their properties for storms. Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

He said loose items should be secured.

Mr Devlin said while the SES was available in certain circumstances to help with cleaning gutters, homeowners should take the initiative and prepare their properties.

He said in the event of fallen powerlines, people should stay well clear of the wires.

SES South Western Regional Manager Robert Bundy said emergency kits should always be kept nearby in the event of a storm, and children should be aware of what the kit contains.

"Having your emergency kit stocked and ready now means you will have all the essential items you need on hand should you be isolated or left without power," Mr Bundy said.

Contact the SES on 132 500.



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