CEO Susan Teerds advises that Kidsafe will continue operations this week with short-term child car restraint hires, capsule hires, installs and checking at Kidsafe House until a suitable alternative venue is found. "We anticipate there will be not be a huge disruption to our services and will advise when the location changes," she said. "We cannot afford to stop operating at our busiest time of year".
About a quarter of the roof tiles on Kidsafe House were smashed and the rest were cracked or moved during the 'super cell' that hit Brisbane last Thursday. The rain poured in - on the inside - destroying computers, printers, desks, phones, brochures, paperwork and carpets. Friday morning Susan arrived early to find the ceiling of the presentation room had collapsed and the devastation overwhelming.
"We were lucky that when the storm hit we did not have Mums and bubs in the house as there was large hail and rain coming in six rooms and almost nowhere to hide" Susan said.
"Staff scrambled to rescue what we could while continuing operations from the front verandah".
Kidsafe House has been deemed unsafe and will be evacuated this week. The Royal Childrens Hospital and Metro North are combining to find a temporary solution for Kidsafe Queensland to continue operations. Storage for the demonstration safety houses' furniture and display materials has been generously donated by a local home-owner after seeing footage of the devastation on Nine News.
Kidsafe staff continue operations - on the verandah.
Ceiling down in the presentation room.
The salvage operation begins!
Staff member Bek is an experienced SES volunteer and assisted in tarping the
roof. However SES has advised they cannot access parts of the roof to secure
the entire building. The next heavy rain will potentially see more damage and
more ceilings collapse.