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Q: Who can I call for help and when? Q: Do I need to store ex­tra wa­ter for wash­ing and the toi­let?

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A: If it is a life-threat­en­ing emer­gency, phone 000 straight away. If it is re­gard­ing flood or storm dam­age to your home, phone SES on 132 500 and they will come to your home once it is safe to do so. Do not phone emer­gency ser­vices for house­hold prepa­ra­tion as­sis­tance. A: If a cy­clone warn­ing is is­sued, Emer­gency Man­age­ment Queens­land ad­vises res­i­dents to tape their win­dows in a criss-cross- ing pat­tern us­ing strong pack­ing tape and draw all cur­tains to min­imise the risk of glass par­ti­cles fly­ing. Tinted win­dows do not need to be taped. A: Garage doors are de­signed to be shut in a cy­clone. To min­imise shak­ing and the risk of the door pop­ping open, a car can be parked against the door with a blan­ket act­ing as a buf­fer in be­tween. Prod­ucts are also avail­able from hard­ware stores and garage door re­tail­ers to en­hance safe-

ty. A: Yes. Fill up your bath­tub, and if your bin is al­most empty fill it up with wa­ter to use to flush the toi­let. Wa­ter from your pool can also be used. Fill clean con­tain­ers with wa­ter for drink­ing. A: The eas­i­est thing to do is bring them inside. Tram­po­lines should be dis­man­tled if pos­si­ble, but if not, can be placed up­side down and tied to steel pick­ets in the ground. Dinghies can be filled with wa­ter to pre­vent them be­com­ing pro­jec­tiles. A: The Moss­man In­door Sports Cen­tre is the only des­ig­nated cy­clone shel­ter in the Dou­glas re­gion. A: Carry out all safety pre­cau­tions and tell your neigh­bours where you have gone, so emer­gency ser­vices do not waste vi­tal re­sources search­ing.

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