Cyclones: What to do during the event to stay safe

Some tips on how to stay safe.

ACTIVITY

Cyclone warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when the gale force winds are predicted to hit within 24 hours. 

Once you obtain the latest storm advice, you can use a cyclone-tracking map to plot the path of the cyclone and measure the distance of the cyclone to your home.

  • Stay up-to-date on warnings and weather updates through local radio or television.
  • Secure anything that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Secure windows with shutters if they have them. If not, criss-cross tape across the glass to hold it in place if it shatters.
  • Move pets and animals to a safe shelter.
  • Move vehicles under cover and secure any boats.
  • Fill bathtubs, buckets and any other large containers with water in case the supply is damaged. Make sure you have water purification tablets to keep drinking water safe.
  • Withdraw a decent amount of cash for food, petrol and water in the case the power is disconnected and ATM’s unavailable.

 

Once the cyclone has hit, depending on whether an evacuation order is made, you should either shelter in your home or proceed with your evacuation plan.

  • Turn off electricity, gas and water, unplug all appliances.
  • Shelter in the centre of the house, or the most sturdy area. If the home begins to break up, shelter under a solid table or mattress.
  • If driving, park your car in an area clear of trees, waterways and power lines and stay inside the car.
  • Be aware that the eye of the storm will bring a lull in the winds. Do not venture outside, stay inside until you hear official advice that it has passed.
  • If you have been told to evacuate, seek shelter inland or on higher ground.

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