5 THINGS TO DO AFTER A CYCLONE
Listen to local radio
With the power out, there is little to no access to televisions or the internet.
Therefore, it is important to listen to a battery-powered radio for updates on when it is safe to go outside or if any emergency situations have unfolded before, during or after a cyclone.
Don’t go outside until advised
Until an official statement has been released that gives residents the green light to go outside, it is important to remain indoors.
SES and emergency workers are working hard to clear debris and make the area safe, so it is important to not hinder the process.
Powerlines can be hidden in water and in bushes or trees, making the likelihood of an electric shock all the greater.
Don’t go sightseeing
Although it may be tempting to leave the house and take a look at the damage a cyclone has caused, it can still be very dangerous to be outside.
Car accidents can be more likely as drivers may not have full attention on the roads while taking a look at the cyclone’s aftermath.
Don’t use electric appliances if wet
To avoid experiencing an electric shock, it is incredibly important you do not use electrical appliances when they are wet.
Beware of debris, fallen powerlines and damaged trees
When it is declared safe to go outside, it is vital you stay clear of debris and fallen powerlines and are particularly wary of damaged trees, which could fall.
Even when powerlines are lying on roads, they can still be live and cause a potentially fatal electric shock when touched.