Before the cyclone season
- Check your house and roof are in good
- Trim back trees and branches well
clear of your house.
- Clear your property of loose material
that could blow about and cause injury and damage during extreme winds.
- In case of a storm surge warning, know
your nearest safe high ground and the best access route.
- Prepare an emergency kit (hold ready
in home) containing such items as:
- a portable radio and torch with
fresh spare batteries
- fuel lamp, candles and matches
- water containers, canned food, can
opener, self-contained cooking gear, and essential warm clothes and
- first aid kit and special medication
- Decide well beforehand where you
intend to shelter: at home if it is safe, in an emergency shelter, or
possibly with friends or relatives in a secure area.
- Include arrangements for the welfare
of your pets and animals in your emergency plans.
Upon a cyclone warning
- Listen to all local radio/TV for
- In your home secure doors, board or
tape windows, remove items from walls in case of water damage.
- Store loose items inside; place
documents, photos, valuables and clothing in plastic bags.
- Fill water containers, fuel car and
place under cover. Then remain indoors!
- Prepare an evacuation kit (in small
bags), consisting of your emergency kit plus personal essentials (including
important documents such as passports and birth certificates) and valuables
in plastic bags.
On warning of local evacuation*
- Lock your house; switch off
electricity, gas, water, etc. Take your evacuation kit.
- Wear strong footwear (not thongs) and
warm clothing for protection against cuts from debris.
- Heed warnings and follow advice given
by Emergency Service personnel.
*Based on predicted wind strengths
and storm tide height, it may be necessary to evacuate areas to avoid
casualties. Be ready to move to high ground or shelters as directed by Police
or Emergency Service personnel. High winds & flooded roads will be hazards
during movement. Advice will be given on local TV and radio. Police and
State/Territory Emergency Services will also give direct advice.
When the cyclone strikes
- Stay inside and shelter well clear of
windows in strongest part of house - cellar, bathroom, internal toilet or
- Listen to your portable radio for
- If house starts to break up, protect
yourself with mattress, rugs, blankets or tarpaulin. Anchor yourself to a
strong fixture (such as water pipes) or get under a strong table or bed.
- Beware the calm 'eye'. Don't assume
the cyclone is over - if a calm period is due to the 'eye', violent winds
will soon resume from the opposite direction.
- If driving, stop - clear of trees,
power lines and streams.
After the cyclone
- Don't go outside until advised
officially that it is safe.
- Listen to local radio for official
warnings and advice.
- If you had to evacuate, don't go home
until advised. Use route recommended and stay calm.
- Don't make unnecessary telephone
- Beware of fallen power lines, damaged
buildings and trees, and flooded water courses.
- Don't ignore warnings and don't go