When prepa­ra­tion is ev­ery­thing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

MAKE sure you have all you need when preparing for a cy­clone.

Now is the time to clean up the yard while you can be­fore the storm sea­son starts.

Re­move veg­e­ta­tion and rub­bish, trim trees and de-nut palms.

To pre­pare the property when a storm or cy­clone are forecast:

Tie down or pack away all out­door items and fur­ni­ture. House­hold tools can cause se­ri­ous dam­age in high winds.

Cover win­dows and doors with tim­ber sheet­ing or af­fix mask­ing tape across the glass; close all doors.

Make sure your ve­hi­cle is full of fuel and parked un­der cover if pos­si­ble.

En­sure your boat and car­a­van are garaged if pos­si­ble.

If you must leave boats and car­a­vans in the open, make ev­ery ef­fort to se­cure them in a shel­tered po­si­tion with strong ropes.

Evac­u­ate from car­a­vans and tents.

If you are vis­it­ing the re­gion, check with your ac­com­mo­da­tion provider about what you can do and where to go.

Fill drink­ing con­tain­ers, your bath­tub and your wheelie bin with wa­ter this wa­ter can be used to flush toi­lets if nec­es­sary.

Freeze wa­ter for al­ter­na­tive re­frig­er­a­tion in case of a power fail­ure.

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