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Posted on: 24 March, 2017

Residents urged to view Evacuation (Storm Tide) Maps

Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to know which Evacuation (Storm Tide) Zone their homes and businesses are in due to a cyclone looming in the Coral Sea.

Residents who are located in the Red Zone are identified as having the highest risk of inundation or isolation from a cyclone storm tide.

Mayor Andrew Willcox is asking all residents in the Red Zone to prepare in case of evacuation over the next few days, with Monday’s tides likely to be affected by the cyclone and exceed a king tide level.

“Evacuation of the Red Zone may occur with any cyclone depending on tide, intensity and location,” Mayor Willcox said.

“While some properties may be safe from the effects of storm tide, main access routes to those properties could be at risk so it is important that residents know their zone in the event of an evacuation,” he said.

“The new Evacuation (Storm Tide) Maps are available in the recently released Emergency Action Guide which was delivered across the Whitsunday Region and they are also available on the Council website and the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information Facebook page.”

If your property is one of the thousands of properties located in an Evacuation Zone (Storm Tide), you should do the following:

• Prepare an Evacuation Plan - identify your primary evacuation route and alternative evacuation routes
• Prepare an Emergency Kit
• Consider and identify your evacuation and shelter options, these may include:
- Going to friends / family / accommodation premises in a higher and safer place outside the evacuation zone
- Leaving the cyclone warning area entirely
- Public Cyclone Shelters (last resort and only if open) are located in Bowen and Proserpine.
These have capacity limits and are generally only open for severe (Category 3, 4 or 5) tropical cyclone events.
- Shelter inside your house (highest and safest part), if too late or unable to evacuate.
- Tune into warnings, as authorities will advise which colour zones need to evacuate.

The new zones have been developed by Local Emergency Services Working Groups, taking into consideration information available from several sources including storm tide inundation maps, the Australian Height Datum (AHD) information, risks of properties becoming isolated, building plans, survey plans and local knowledge.

The Evacuation (Storm Tide) Maps and informational video can be found at www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/Evacuation

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