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Cyclones

Cyclone at the beach

You can reduce the risk of tropical cyclones to yourself, family and property by taking these simple precautions. 

Before

  • Check your Household Emergency Plan, Pet Emergency Plan and Emergency Kit are up-to-date and ready.
  • Make sure your insurance covers cyclone damage.
  • Identify which room is the strongest part of your house. This is where you would shelter in the event of a cyclone. This is usually the bathroom, toilet or hallway.
  • Park vehicles under cover, away from trees, powerlines and waterways or secure with firmly-tied blankets to minimise hail damage.

Predicted/during

  • Keep your Household Emergency Plan, Pet Emergency Plan and Emergency Kit with you.
  • Listen for warnings and communications including local radio and SMS updates.
  • Turn off the mains supply for water, power and gas.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Use hessian bags and sand for sandbagging and place at property entry points.
  • Close windows, curtains and shutters.
  • Collect water by filling buckets and bath in case of interruptions to main supply.
  • Secure loose outdoor items that could cause damage if blown around in high winds – such as garden furniture and toys.
  • If you are willing and able, ensure the safety of any vulnerable people around you, such as children, the elderly and people with special needs.

After

  • Listen for warnings and communications including local radio and SMS updates.
  • Don’t re-enter your home until it’s declared safe to.
  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances until they’re safety checked.
  • If your electrical appliances are checked and are considered safe for use, boil tap water until water supplies are declared safe.
  • Check on your neighbours if it’s safe to do so.
  • If your house is seriously damaged, please contact the SES (132 500) or visit ses.qld.gov.au

History shows that tropical cyclones have left devastating effects on Gold Coast houses, beaches and other infrastructure. Damaging winds caused by cyclones can turn loose items outside into life-threatening projectiles. Take time to understand your risks and prepare.

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