BE READY FOR CYCLONES: FIRIES
Mossman Firefighter Corey Frahn (right) is urging Douglas locals to be ready for the upcoming cyclone season and to not be complacent. “Cyclone season is coming, so it’s a great time to clean up your yard,” he said. Cyclones can occur as early as November, so being ready earlier is key to your safety and preparedness. -People should check the roof and gutters of their homes and ensure they are secure. -Have an evacuation plan, and make sure you know where the nearest cyclone shelter is. -If you plan on leaving during a cyclone, leave early, not at the last minute. -Have plenty of water and nonperishable foods ready for if a cyclone hits the region. -Make sure your essential documents like insurance details, passport, identification and paperwork are all secure and safe. Take them with you if you leave. -Ensure you have cash out if there is a cyclone coming. ATM’s may not be working due to power outages. -If there’s a cyclone or major storm, watch out for downed power lines. -After a cyclone or storm, DO NOT go out and sight-see - roads are for emergency services as first priority. -Keep an eye out for your neighbours and ensure they are okay if there is a cyclone or major storm - especially elderly neighbours. -If it’s flooded, forget it.