Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Rosa Lee Long has urged residents across the region to prepare for a possible cyclone event later this week.
Authorities are watching the movement of Cyclone Ita and are expecting the system to cross the Queensland coast late on Friday between Lockhart River and Cape Flattery as a severe Category Four system.
Cr Lee Long said people should be acting now to ensure their properties are secured and that their supplies and other emergency equipment are well stocked.
"There is no need at all to panic however we strongly urge residents to prepare for what could be a significant cyclonic event," she said.
"People should make sure their homes and properties are secure, tidy up any debris laying around properties, and trim back vegetation that could cause damage.
"We want to avoid any unnecessary injury or loss of life and ask residents to please act responsibly and be as prepared as they can be.
"We also urge people to check on their neighbours, particularly those who do not speak English as a first language and those who may be elderly or impaired to ensure they are aware of the situation."
People in flood-prone areas should consider their options now and "go early".
"Don't wait until there is a risk that roads will be cut and if residents do self evacuate, please notify local police so they are aware of where people are."
Cr Lee Long said all residents should check that emergency kits are complete and prepare an evacuation kit (items listed below).
"If a significant cyclone affects this region, authorities will be very busy attending to urgent situations, so we ask residents to be as prepared as possible so as to avoid unnecessary demands upon emergency services," Cr Lee Long said.
People should stock up on food (canned), fuel and other essential items. Residents are advised to have adequate supplies to sustain them in the event that flooding occurs and roads are cut. Residents living in urban and rural areas should have at least a week’s supplies, while people living in more remote areas should have at least one month's supplies or more if possible.
Cr Lee Long said a battery powered radio and torch were essential elements and should be accessible at all times.
People should consider their needs in terms of water, fuel, non perishable food, medications and pet food.
The following lists contain items that should be considered in emergency preparation plans.
What to have in a Disaster Preparedness Kit
Items to be included:
Battery operated torch and radio, with spare batteries
Can opener and spare cooking and eating utensils
Items to be added in the event of evacuation:
Medication and toiletries
First Aid Kit
Spare sets of clothing
Extra food and water
Important personal documents in a waterproof container
Pet food, leash &/or pet carrier
A list of emergency phone numbers and addresses
• Store water in clean and safe plastic containers.
• Each person will need a minimum of five litres of water per day to allow for drinking, food preparation and personal sanitation; 10 litres would be preferable. Remember that following a cyclone or flood it is likely to be extremely hot and humid requiring a high level of fluid intake.
• If you live in an area with a town water supply, plan to have at least a week’s supply of water for each member of the family. If in a remote area, one month’s supply or more may be necessary.
• Store at least a week’s supply of non-perishable foods.
• Choose foods that don't require refrigeration, can be eaten without preparation or cooking, require minimal water and have reasonable shelf life.
• Choose compact and light products just in case you need to evacuate.
• Ensure cooking facilities such as a gas BBQ, and gas/fuel/spirit camping stove are available for use.
Include the following foods in your kit:
• Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
• Canned juices, milk and soups.
• Staples such as sugar, pepper, salt and high energy foods such as peanut butter, honey, jams, biscuits and muesli bars
• Food for babies, children, elderly persons or any special dietary requirements
• Comfort foods such as biscuits, lollies, cereals, milo, coffee and tea
A First aid kit
Tools and supplies
• Plates, bowls, cups, knives and forks (paper or plastic plates and utensils do not require washing up)
• Battery operated radio and spare batteries
• Battery operated torches
• Non-electric can opener
• Utility knife
• Toilet paper/towlettes
• Personal hygiene items
• Duct and masking tape
• Mobile phone and charger
• Insect repellent and sunscreen
• Pliers, screwdrivers, drills, wrenches, spanners, bolts, screws and nails for temporary repairs
• Ropes, chains and pickets for securing outdoors items such as boats and garden sheds
• Extension cords and power boards
• Non-electric clock
• Plastic sheeting or tarps
• Baby needs such as nappies and bottles
• Contact lenses or prescription glasses
• Important family documents in a waterproof container:
o Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
o Passports and immunisation records
o Bank account and credit card numbers
o Inventory of household contents
o Important telephone numbers and contact details
o Family records such as birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates.
• Fuel for vehicles and generators
• Pet food and supplies
• Entertainment for the family such as games, books and puzzles.
Emergency contact numbers and websites
Council - 1300 362 242 - www.trc.qld.gov.au
SES - 132 500
Residents experiencing problems with their electricity supply or to report a fallen powerline should contact Ergon Energy on 13 2296 for faults.
If it is a life threatening situation, call 000.
Road conditions can be checked by phoning 131 940 or go to www.131940.qld.gov.au
For issues relating to your telephone services, call Telstra on 13 2203.
For the up-to-date weather situation: go to www.bom.gov.au
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