Get emergency kits ready now for cyclone/flood season

Burdekin residents are urged to get their survival kits together and be prepared for any cyclones and flooding that may occur this year.

Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group chairman Bill Lowis said November through to April was cyclone season and residents should start getting their emergency kit and household plan organised.

“It is important that residents be prepared so their families and homes are ready if we do get a cyclone heading this way or if it floods and isolates us,” he said.

“People should start clearing out their gutters and tidying up their yards in readiness.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that about four cyclones will form off the coast of Queensland this season.”

Cr Lowis said members of the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Committee would start to meet monthly from now until April, irrespective of whether there were any impending disasters.

“The committee members have an excellent working relationship and meeting monthly reinforces our preparedness for a cyclone or flood,” he said.

“The committee has a good understanding of each others’ roles, responsibilities and capabilities and we can gear up quickly and work very effectively when the situation arises.”

Cr Lowis said residents should prepare a household emergency kit which would allow people to provide for themselves for three days if power and water supplies were disrupted.

The kit should include a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, non-perishable food items, enough bottled water for three days, medical and sanitation supplies, and personal hygiene items, cash clothing and footwear.

Free cyclone information packs, containing brochures, fridge magnets, important phone numbers, cyclone tracking maps and other useful information, are available from Burdekin Shire Council Chambers in Ayr. For a comprehensive emergency kit checklist, go to www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/emergencykit.asp

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