Storm surge de­tails online

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A PROP­ERTY search fea­ture is now avail­able on Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s web­site to help res­i­dents iden­tify ar­eas at risk of storm surge in a cy­clone.

Mayor Val Schier said the online fea­ture made it eas­ier to check the risk sta­tus of an in­di­vid­ual prop­erty, im­prov­ing house­hold and busi­ness prepa­ra­tion.

“You can now en­ter an ad­dress and find out whether it is lo­cated in a red, orange or yel­low risk zone,” Mayor Schier said.

“This means you can check your friends’ and fam­i­lies’ ad­dresses and work out your evac­u­a­tion plan well be­fore it is needed.”

The prop­erty search is based on the storm tide map­ping that was dis­trib­uted in book­lets ear­lier this year and is avail­able on coun­cil’s web­site.

Free-stand­ing homes in storm surge risk ar­eas have had colour-coded stick­ers placed in their me­ter boxes to fur­ther as­sist with in­den­ti­fy­ing the level of risk.

“We are now well into the of­fi­cial cy­clone sea­son and ev­ery house­hold should have their emer­gency kit stocked and be well-ad­vanced in hav­ing their evac­u­a­tion plan es­tab­lished,” Mayor Schier said.

“By pro­vid­ing de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on ar­eas at risk from storm surge, coun­cil is giv­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic the tools to make their own po­ten­tially life-sav­ing de­ci­sions.

“It is now up to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to make those de­ci­sions and work out what they need to do if a cy­clone does ap­proach our coast­line.”

To use the online storm surge risk prop­erty search, visit www. cairns.qld.gov.au and fol­low the link on the home page. From there, fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can also be found on evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures and pre­par­ing for a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

Additional copies of coun­cil’s Storm Tide Evac­u­a­tion Guide and Cy­clone Prepa­ra­tion Guide are avail­able from coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices in Moss­man and Cairns.

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