Res­i­dents urged to be pre­pared

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

CY­CLONE PRE­PARED­NESS: San­dra Black, Cr Ron Pet­ter­son and Ali­cia Palmer at Cy­clone Satur­day.

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