In most cases you should shelter in place

In most cases, the safest thing to do in a cyclone is to shelter in place – that is to stay at home and ride it out with your household.

Your first and best option if you need to leave your home is to shelter with family or friends, where you will be much more comfortable and can shelter with your pets.

You can evacuate the area at risk with your pets well ahead of time and stay outside threatened areas with family, friends or at a hotel/motel.

If you live in a storm tide inundation area you may be advised to evacuate. Evacuation is based on storm tide and level of possible inundation (red, orange, yellow), not wind.

You should also consider evacuating if you live in a pre-1982 home or feel concerned for your safety.

If you need to or decide to evacuate the best option is always go to family, friends or colleagues outside threatened areas. Plan this now and include the information in your Emergency Plan.

Places of Refuge are a last resort, and the Local Disaster Management Group open them only when absolutely necessary. Only vulnerable residents (such as the elderly without family in the region, the disabled, or those in storm tide areas that cannot evacuate to family and friends) should consider the Place of Refuge as a last resort.

The Multi-Purpose Hall at the Ayr Showgrounds will be used as a Place of Refuge and will only be opened as needed at the direction of the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group.

Places of Refuge offer seating areas only – you will not be able to lie on a mattress or stretcher. You will not be able to bring pets into the centre.  If you decide to enter the ‘refuge’ you will need to be registered and be self-sufficient with your own food, water, medical supplies and toiletries.  These items are essential and you should bring enough for you and your family to last for 24 hours.

To ensure the structural integrity of the building and the safety of the occupants, there will be no ability to enter or leave the Place of Refuge once it is ‘locked down’.

this flow chart will help you decide if your household should evacuate

Place of Refuge Conditions of Entry and Code of Conduct

Storm Surge Maps

If Evacuating:

Evacuation advice is based on the level of potential inundation from storm tide. This falls into three zones – red, orange and yellow. Do not wait – go when advised.

There are three evacuation zones which are determined based on modelling and previous experiences of inundation above the “average height datum” AHD. For these purposes you can consider AHD to be sea level.

  • Wear strong shoes (not thongs) and tough clothing for protection.
  • Lock doors; turn off power, gas, and water; take your Evacuation and Emergency Kits.
  • If evacuating, take pets and leave early to avoid heavy traffic, flooding and wind hazards.
  • Follow Police and State Emergency Services directions.
  • If going to a Place of Refuge, take your own food, water and essential items.
  • Leave pets at home or in a safe location where they are protected and with food and water.

Register where you are going

Whether you are evacuating to family, friends, a place of refuge or another location, register where you are going on the Register. Find. Reunite. website so that family can find you and know you’re safe.

You can register on Register. Find. Reunite. using the following link:

This service is only activated during emergencies.

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