Links to relevant websites:
Bureau of Meteorology: http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/cyclone/
Bureau of Meteorology phone weather services: http://www.bom.gov.au/other/voice.shtml
Weather by Fax: http://www.bom.gov.au/other/wbf/wbf.shtml
Weather by Marine Radio: http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/radio-sat/marine-radio-sat.shtml
Queensland Disaster Management Services: www.disaster.qld.gov.au
Emergency Management Queensland: www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/cyclone.asp
- Category 1 - wind gusts less than 125 km/hr
- Category 2 - wind gusts 125 to 169 km/hr
- Category 3 - wind gusts 170 to 224 km/hr
- Category 4 - wind gusts 225 to 279 km/hr
- Category 5 - wind gusts more than 280 km/hr
During a Cyclone:
If a cyclone is approaching and an official evacuation order has not been issued, you may decide to shelter in your home until the cyclone has passed through.
If you decide to shelter at home:
- Turn off all electricity, gas and water and unplug all appliances
- Keep your Emergency Kit close at hand
- Bring your family into the strongest part of the house
- Keep listening to the radio for cyclone updates and remain indoors until advised
- If the building begins to break up, immediately seek shelter under a strong table or bench or under
a heavy mattress
- BEWARE THE CALM EYE OF THE CYCLONE.
Some people venture outdoors during the eye of the cyclone, mistakenly believing that the cyclone has passed. Stay inside until you have received official advice that it is safe to go outside.
If you must evacuate:
If an official evacuation order is issued then you and your family must leave your home immediately and seek shelter with friends or family who are further inland or on higher ground.
- Turn off all electricity, gas and water, unplug all appliances and lock your doors
- Ensure all family members are wearing strong shoes and suitable clothing
- Take your Emergency Kit and your Evacuation Kit and commence your Evacuation Plan
- If you are visiting or holidaying in Queensland and do not have family or friends to shelter with, contact your accommodation manager immediately to identify options for evacuation.
After a Cyclone:
The time immediately after a cyclone is often just as dangerous as the initial event itself.
Many injuries and deaths have occurred as a result of people failing to take proper precautions while exploring collapsed buildings and sightseeing through devastated streets.
Once you have been advised that the cyclone has passed you must adhere to the following:
- Listen to your radio and remain indoors until advised
- If you are told to return to your home, do so using the recommended routes only
- Do not go sightseeing
- Check on your neighbours if necessary
- Do not use electrical appliances which have been wet until they are checked for safety
- Boil or purify your water until supplies are declared safe
- Stay away from damaged powerlines, fallen trees and flood water
If your home has become uninhabitable due to cyclone damage, contact your local council to identify where you can seek further assistance.