SOS to pre­pare

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH four cy­clones fore­cast to form in the Co­ral Sea and pos­si­bly two to make land­fall this cy­clone sea­son, now is the time to pre­pare your house­hold and fam­ily.

It is all about pre­pared­ness this cy­clone sea­son and Moss­man SES con­troller Bob Tay­lor said ev­ery­one should be get­ting their cy­clone evac­u­a­tion kits ready and get­ting the house pre­pared.

“Be­ing pre­pared makes our life a lot eas­ier and in the worst case sce­nario if some­thing does come across look at Cy­clone Yasi - Yasi hit south of Cairns but we still got the ef­fects from it,” he said.

“Peo­ple need to be pre­pared to be in­de­pen­dent for three days with­out out­side help be­cause the rain al­ways comes in the down­side of a cy­clone and you get land­slides on the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

“In Ju­lat­ten, Bushy Creek goes over and you get rain up at Mt Mol­loy and the road gets cut be­tween Mt Mol­loy and Ma­reeba and the only way through is by boat or air, so you have to be self-sup­port­ive.”

Mr Tay­lor said his own house­hold was start­ing to get pre­pared by stock­ing up on canned foods, check­ing bat­ter­ies and get­ting the emer­gency kits and plan in place and he said peo­ple should also check on their neigh­bours.

“Ev­ery­body says it’s not go­ing to hap­pen to us but the thing is you got to be pre­pared and also help your neigh­bours, if they are el­derly or with lit­tle kids have a look and as­sist them,” he said.

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