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How to be Prepared

Be prepared for the Storm and Cyclone Season

Living in the tropics carries with it the responsibility of always being prepared for tropical storms and cyclones.

Get Ready Queensland promote the importance of preparation and encourage residents to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. The following fact sheets will assist you in preparing for a disaster or emergency event.

To view the below fact sheets in languages other than English, click here to visit the Get Ready Queensland website

Emergency Alerts

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system.

It is one of many ways emergency services such as police, fire and emergency services, can warn a community of a likely or actual emergency.

Emergency Alert is not used in all circumstances. Whether emergency services decide to issue telephone warnings through Emergency Alert will depend on the nature of the incident.

The warning system sends voice messages to landline telephones and text messages to mobile telephones within a specific area defined by the emergency service organisation issuing the warning message, about likely or actual emergencies such as fire, flood, or extreme weather events.

You should not wait to receive a warning message before you act.

During an Emergency Alert make sure you:

  • Tune into your portable radio constantly
  • Batten down the house
  • Secure doors
  • Board or tape windows
  • Secure outdoor furniture
  • Secure loose articles inside
  • Disconnect electrical appliances
  • Lock up pets
  • Fill water containers
  • Fuel car and place under cover
  • Remain indoors with your emergency kit; and
  • Unless advised otherwise, remember that the safest shelter is in your home.

 Be aware of shelter and evacuation options for residents in the Hinchinbrook Shire.

Emergency Pantry List

The Hinchinbrook Shire Council ‘Emergency Pantry List’ provides residents with important information and advice on how to ensure your household has an adequate supply of food, water and essential items to cope with a prolonged emergency situation.

Preparing for emergencies ensures that you and your family can manage if affected by a cyclone or flood – it’s the smart thing to do!

Download your copy of the Emergency Pantry List here.

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