Residents urged to be prepared
AS November heralded the beginning of cyclone season, the Whitsunday Regional Council Disaster Management Team were on hand to help residents prepare.
The team spent three hours in the Whitsunday Plaza carpark on Saturday with Emergency Action Guides providing vital tips for weathering tropical storms. Measures that can be taken to prepare include trimming overhanging branches, clearing loose material from the property, checking the roof condition and repairing any loose tiles, eaves, loose iron and roof screws and fitting shutters or metal screens to all glass areas.
Whitsunday Regional Council encouraged residents to keep a cyclone emergency kit on hand containing a portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food, sturdy gloves, water proof bags, candles, matches, essential medications, copies of important documents (insurance details, birth certificates, prescriptions, etc), special food and medication for infants, elderly or disabled family members and a portable gas cooker for long term power outages.
Residents should ensure home and contents insurance to cover storm surges, flooding and cyclone damage and undertake an audit of outdoor furniture, considering what would need to be moved should a cyclone warning be issued.
CYCLONE PREPAREDNESS: Sandra Black, Cr Ron Petterson and Alicia Palmer at Cyclone Saturday.