BE READY FOR CY­CLONES: FIRIES

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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