Residents reminded to get free wind-up radio/torch for emergency kits

New stock of the free wind-up radio/torch offered to Burdekin Shire residents has arrived at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers.

Burdekin Shire Local Disaster Management Group chairman Bill Lowis said residents should ensure their survival kits were stocked and to be prepared for any flooding or cyclones that might occur.

“With the onset of the monsoon rains and the first cyclone of the season, it’s a good idea to ensure you have your kits stocked,” he said.

“It is important for residents to 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.

“Make sure your household emergency kit will provide for your family for three days in case power and water supplies be disrupted.

“Also residents who have not yet collected their free wind-up radio/torch can come into the Council Chambers as we now have them back in stock.

“The Council bought these radio/torches to giveaway to each household because they don’t rely on power or batteries and would be very useful during disasters.”

Cr Lowis said the LDMG had also received 1000 free waterproof document wallets that would be available next week from the Council Chambers.

“These wallets provide emergency information on one side and a list of documents that should be put into the water proof document holder on the other side,” he said.

Cyclone tracking maps also are available from Council.

A household emergency 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.

For a comprehensive emergency kit checklist, go to www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/emergencykit.asp

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