ARE YOU AND YOUR BOAT CYCLONE READY?
While Queensland has had a quiet start to the annual cyclone season Queensland Police Service (pictured: Sergeant Damian Meadows) are reminding boaties not to become complacent in preparing their vessels should a tropical cyclone threaten the area. All ports in North Queensland have Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plans which deal with what a vessel owner is required to do should a cyclone be imminent. These plans also detail where vessel owners must move their vessels to, in order to minimise damage to infrastructure and other vessels during a cyclone or associated storm surge. Vessel owners are encouraged to research these plans for their preferred port well in advance. If your vessel is required to be moved prior to a cyclone in accordance with the Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plan, make sure your vessel is kept in a serviceable condition so that it can be moved, or alternatively ensure that you arrange with another vessel owner to assist you to move to a safe cyclone anchorage. Vessel owners are urged to plan ahead and ensure that they have enough suitable mooring lines and anchors to secure their vessel against cyclonic winds and storm surges. Secure all loose items below deck to prevent damage to your vessel or others close by. Make sure that your friends and family know where you are.