Preparing for the Tropical Cyclone season
With Cyclone season officially starting at the beginning of November in Queensland, Queenslanders are urged to “Get Ready” for the 2014/15 cyclone season. The peak period for cyclone formation is normally between January and March each year.
On average, there are four cyclones that form in the Coral Sea each cyclone season. Not all cross the coast, usually one per season, but damaging winds, rain and large swells can still impact communities over the course of the season. The Bureau of Meteorology normally issues a cyclone warning within 24 hours of when a cyclone is expected to hit, but communities are being advised to prepare early this year. The Queensland Government’s “Get Ready” program helps homeowners prepare for cyclone season including steps on how to develop an emergency plan, tips for preparing your home and information about how to ensure you are receiving the most up to date information and warnings as they are released.
Develop an Emergency Plan – Ensure everyone in the household is aware of potential hazards and what action to take when an emergency occurs. Ensure everyone knows how to tune in to local radio and TV stations and the Bureau of Meteorology website (www.bom.gov.au) for current warnings.
Preparing your home – Queenslanders are urged to check the condition of their roof and repair any loose tiles, eaves or screws; clean out gutters and downpipes so water can drain away as quickly as possible; trim trees and overhanging branches and secure loose items that could cause damage if blown around in high winds (such as garden furniture and toys).
General preparations – ensure your home, contents and car insurance are up to date and cover your assets adequately. Make sure that your first aid kit is stocked with all the essentials and ensure someone in your home knows First Aid.
For more information and additional fact sheets – log on to the Get Ready website – https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/
The Queensland Government has also introduced the “Get Ready One Step at a Time” program that gives participants one simple task to complete each week that will ensure you are prepared for anything. You can sign up for this program on the Get ready website – https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/register