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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.

The SES Get Ready Guide enforces the importance of preparation and encourages residents to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies by following the 4 steps below:

  1. Preparing your Household Emergency Plan
  2. Preparing your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit
  3. Preparing your Home
  4. Tune into Warnings

The SES Get Ready Guide is available on the Emergency Queensland website.

 Prepare your Emergency Kit

The following is a checklist to assist in preparing your Emergency Kit, which should contain:

  • Portable radio with fresh spare batteries
  • Torch, fuel lamp, candles and matches
  • Non-perishable food, (7 days supply) plus can opener, self contained cooking gear, plates & utensils
  • Clean water in sealed containers, spare water containers (10L per person is recommended to last 3 days)
  • Cold & wet weather clothing eg. jumper, waterproof jacket, hat & gloves per person, essential spare clothes
  • Medical & sanitation supplies to last at least 14 days
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Knife, whistle, duct/masking tape, and plastic (garbage) bags
  • Tarpaulin and blankets
  • Pet food, water bowls & other pet needs

Ensure all members of the household are familiar with the Emergency Kit and that contents are checked regularly.

Don't forget about your pets during an emergency!

Pets in Emergencies Action Plan

 For a comprehensive list please refer to the Emergency Management Queensland website.

During a natural disaster 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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