Storm & Cyclone Safety
BEFORE THE STORM / CYCLONE SEASON
- Check that your house & roof are in good condition.
- Trim tree branches & clear property of loose material.
- List emergency contact numbers and know your Community Action Plan (available from council).
- Have masking tape (for glass), plastic sheeting & large garbage bags in case you need to carry out
PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT INCLUDING:
- First Aid Kit
- Portable battery operated radio with spare batteries
- Torch, candles & matchesWater containers, canned fruit, can opener and self contained cooking gear
- Prescription medications
- Dry spare clothes
AS THE STORM OR CYCLONE APPROACHES
- Keep tuned to the local radio or Television station for further information.
- Shelter & secure pets & animals.
- Fuel vehicles & place undercover.
- Fill water containers.
- Disconnect all electrical appliances.
- prepare an evacuation kit (in small bags) consisting of your emergency kit, warm & tough clothing, personal essentials & valuables in plastic.
WHEN THE STORM / CYCLONE STRIKES
- Listen to radio / television updates.
- Stay inside & shelter in the strongest part of the house (bathroom / cellar) well clear of the windows.
- If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress, blanket, doona or tarpaulin. Anchor yourself to a strong fixture such as water pipes or get under a strong table or bed.
- If outdoor, find emergency shelter - not under a tree.
- If driving, stop clear of tree, power lines or water such as creeks, rivers & dams.
- Avoid using a telephone during a storm.
- Beware the 'Calm Eye'. Don't assume the cyclone is over. Violent winds may soon resume from the opposite direction. Wait until you get the all clear from emergency services.
ON WARNING OF LOCAL EVACUATION
- Lock your dwelling & switch off electricity, gas, water etc. Take your evacuation kit.
- wear strong footwear & clothing to protect yourself from cuts & debris.
- Heed warnings & advice given.
AFTER THE STORM / CYCLONE
- Listen to local radio for official warnings advice. Do not go home until advised that it is safe. Use the recommended route & stay calm.
- Don't make unnecessary phone calls.
- Beware of fallen power lines, damaged buildings, fallen trees & flooded water courses.
- Don't go sightseeing.