What should you do immediately after a disaster? These few simple steps will help you focus on what you can do. Do not rely on Emergency Services.
1 – Check your family and pets
2 – Listen and look
3 – Check your home
4 – Check your neighbours
5 – Get help if you need it
6 – Start your clean up
Most homes built before 1990 are likely to have materials that contain asbestos, such as asbestos cement sheeting. Play it safe – if you are unsure or suspect it might be asbestos, assume it is asbestos.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN UP THE ASBESTOS YOURSELF
Don’t move suspected asbestos materials unnecessarily. Check with your insurer regarding your damage and repairs which may include the removal and clean-up of asbestos by a licences asbestos removalist.
Don’t place it on the kerbside or street for collection, as machines picking up waste may damage the asbestos sheeting and spread harmful fibres.
If someone else’s asbestos sheeting is in your yard, keep the sheeting wet if possible and call Council on 4783 9800.
More information: www.asbestosawareness.com.au
Do you have solar panels?
When preparing for a storm, cyclone or flood event, it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s or installer’s shutdown procedures. Shutdown procedures should be located at the inverter and/or on the main switchboard.
It is critical to remember solar modules and their cables should be treated as if they are live.
A general shutdown procedure is as follows:
1-Turn off the inverter AC mains isolator (this is usually found in the meter box)
2 – Turn off the PV array isolator (this is usually found next to the inverter)
3 – If there seems to be a risk that the water level could reach up to the inverters and cables, also arrange to turn off the roof top array isolator (if fitted)
If you are unsure of the shutdown procedure, contact the manufacturer or installer.
For more information: www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/home-safety/solar-power-safety