SOS to prepare
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.