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Posted on: 7 November, 2014

Residents urged to prepare now for the wet season

With the cyclone season officially starting on 1st November the Whitsunday Regional Council is
urging residents 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 Jennifer Whitney said that now is the time for residents to begin 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 Whitney said.

“One of the greatest potential dangers during a cyclone event is flying debris, so I encourage
everyone 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,” she said.

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 cause
injury 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 domestic waste up to 2 cubic metres atKelsey Creek Landfill, Cannonvale Transfer Station, Bowen Landfill or Collinsville Transfer
Station free of charge.

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 important
documents (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.

Residents are encouraged to find out what storm surge zone they live in now, do not wait until an event to find out. Type your address into our new storm surge mapping service http://whitsunday.ldmg.net.au/community/ Emergency Action Guides (EAG) are available on Council’s website, or in our customer service
centres, the storm tide inundation mapping zones shown in the EAG are an indication only forstorm tides.

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.

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