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With the official cyclone season only one week away, Whitsunday Regional Council is urgingresidents to be prepared.
Every year between November and April, the coastal regions of Queensland are at risk of being hit by cyclones. Preparing your family and your home is your responsibility. Cyclones can produce winds in excess of 200km/h, which can cause excessive damage to property and turn debris into dangerous missiles.
Mayor and Chair of the WDMG, Mayor Andrew Willcox said that now is the time for residents tobegin their preparation, rather than leave it to the last minute.
“Being prepared early is essential and the first step to being prepared for cyclones is to look nofurther than your own backyard,” Mayor Willcox said.
“One of the greatest potential dangers during a cyclone event is flying debris, so I encourageeveryone to take steps now to lessen the potential debris in the region and be ready for whatever mother nature has in store this storm season.”
Some of the measures people can take in preparation include:
- Trim any branches overhanging your house - Clear your property of loose material that could blow about, hold water and possible causeinjury or damage. This is also important to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes andwill help prevent Dengue Fever - Check the condition of your roof and repair any loose tiles, eaves, loose iron and roofscrews - Fit shutters or metal screens to all glass areas - Have a cyclone emergency kit on hand - Ensure that home and contents insurance covers you for storm surges, flooding andcyclone damage - Undertake an audit of your outdoor furniture and consider what would need to be movedshould a cyclone warning be issued - Residents are reminded that they can dispose of waste up to 2 cubic metres at KelseyCreek Landfill, Cannonvale Transfer Station, Bowen landfill or Collinsville Transfer Stationfree of charge.
In addition, each home should be fully prepared with an emergency kit that will ensure all persons can be self-reliant for food, water, cooking, medications and other essentials for a period of three days or more.
This should include a portable radio, a torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food,sturdy gloves, water proof bags, candles, matches, essential medications, copies of importantdocuments (insurance details, birth certificates, prescription refills etc), special food and medication for infants elderly or disabled family members and a portable gas cooker in the event of long term power outages. To find out all you need to know, visit Council’s website. Guides and read/download our ‘Emergency Action Guide’.
A new edition of the Emergency Action Guide will be released prior to the end of the year.
To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page which will provide a direct link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.