ARE YOU AND YOUR BOAT CY­CLONE READY?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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