In readiness for the annual far northern cyclone season from November to May, residents are urged to start preparing and are encouraged to not leave anything to the last minute.
Residents should start planning and stagger preparations for home readiness over the next few weeks prior to the cyclone season arriving. Planning and preparation are the key, and residents are advised to take the following steps:
Check your Household Emergency Plan is up to date. Visit www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/householdplan.asp for assistance.
Check all emergency and the phone numbers are still valid.
Check the contents of your Emergency Kit are in proper working order. Visit www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/emergencykit.asp for information.
Replace batteries and restock non-perishable food for family and pets, first aid kit, essential items and medicines.
Practise your family’s evacuation plan – consider doing this twice per year.
Check your insurance policy and make sure your cover is adequate.
Replace your smoke alarm batteries yearly and test your alarm weekly.
Check your fire extinguisher.
Have heating appliances serviced by qualified technicians.
Clean gutters and drains and cut back tree branches hanging over roofs.
Secure loose outside items and do a general tidy up of the yard.
Check that your house numbers are clearly visible from the street.
Check on your elderly neighbours to ensure they are prepared and have a plan.
Consider a street working bee to ensure elderly neighbours or neighbours in need of assistance are ready for the season.
As weather systems develop into cyclones, residents will need to ensure the below tasks are completed in readiness for the changed conditions:
- Remove valuable items off the floor and away from windows.
- Secure valuable documents and other items in waterproof containers.
- Charge electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops, in case of power failure.
- Secure your car undercover.
- Board or tape all windows and secure all doors.
- Freeze water for alternative refrigeration.
- Fill your bath, laundry tub and containers with water.
- Check with your neighbours to ensure they are ready.
- Check on your elderly neighbours.
- Have your Emergency Kit at the ready including bedding, clothes, toiletries, important documents in a sealed bag, cash, valuables, mementos, mobile phone/charger, kids’ toys and entertainment, baby formula and nappies.
- Ensure all residents at your home are familiar with your emergency and evacuation plans.
- Monitor emergency web sites and local radio stations.
- Have your battery operated radio at the ready to monitor radio emergency alerts.
For more information go to www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready/plan.asp