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The best option for most people during a tropical cyclone is to shelter in their homes (shelter in place). However, if your home is located in an evacuation zone or is an older building that is not in good condition or you have special needs, you need to plan and prepare so that you can evacuate and seek shelter in a safer place.
Find out if it is safe for you to shelter in place:
Plan and prepare to shelter in place (you can offer to shelter your family and friends)
If you answered no to all three questions in the diagram above, this is your best option.
Prepare your home - check your roof is in good condition, keep gutters and downpipes clear, trim trees and overhanging branches, check and fix any corrosion, rotten timber, termite infestations and loose fittings.
Identify the strongest room in your home. This is usually the smallest room with the least number of windows and external walls.
Plan and prepare now so you can evacuate and shelter in a safer place.
If you answered yes to any of the questions in the diagram above, your best options are to:
The Public Cyclone Shelter is located at Ingham State High School, 12 Menzies Street, Ingham.
The Public Cyclone Shelter must be considered as the last option for residents that live in an evacuation zone, have exhausted all other shelter options and are unable to leave the warning area. This facility is intended as a short term shelter option (up to 18 hours) and has very basic amenities. You and your family will be much more comfortable sheltering at home, or at a family members’ or friends’ home located in an area outside local evacuation zones or in commercial accommodation in a location outside the warning area. Residents in evacuation zones with no other sheltering option will be advised when the Public Cyclone Shelter is activated, via ABC local radio (broadcast on AM630) and on councils’ website.
This facility has limited capacity and will be used to accommodate as many people as possible. This means that there will be limited space and you will need to be aware of the following:
All persons seeking entry to the Public Cyclone Shelter will be required to agree to conditions outlined in the Public Cyclone Shelter Code of Conduct (see below).
Any person unable or unwilling to abide by these conditions will need to make alternative sheltering arrangements (e.g. sheltering with family or friends located outside the storm tide evacuation zone or leaving the area that is subject to the cyclone and storm tide impacts). Shelter occupants who do not comply with the Code of Conduct prior to lock down may be required to leave the facility. Occupants who do not comply with the Code of Conduct after lock down may be subject to prosecution.
It is a condition of entry that prohibited items must not be brought into the shelter, these include:
Persons seeking entry to the shelter will be required to surrender any prohibited items. Shelter occupants’ belongings and person may be searched by a Queensland Police Service officer securing the facility if officers have a reasonable belief that items of this nature have been taken into the shelter.
All people occupying the shelter will:
Depending on the scale of the event, other sites may be established after the event as Evacuation Centres or short term accommodation for impacted residents and/or Recovery Centres to support impacted residents with a range of recovery services. Advice on the activation and location of such centres will be provided after the event by local authorities at the appropriate time.