photo by Julie O'Gorman

photo by Julie O’Gorman

What’s your [What if] plan?

[What-If] a severe storm, cyclone or flood hits today – are you ready?

For more information on how to Get Ready check out this YouTube clip or see these Get Ready Fact Sheets.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Lawrence Mason

Photo by Lawrence Mason

[What if] Step 1: Making your Emergency Plan

Develop your Emergency Plan with the entire household and start asking [WHAT-IF].

[WHAT-IF] you live in a flood prone area and your home is at risk from storm tide or fire is a constant threat – what would you do?

[WHAT-IF] you’re separated from family or friends when a disaster happens (at work or school etc.)? How will you stay in touch and where will you meet up?

[WHAT-IF] you need to evacuate your household? Where would you go?

[WHAT-IF] you need to contact someone for assistance? What emergency contact phone numbers should be listed?

[WHAT-IF] a disaster happens tomorrow? What is everyone’s role in preparing?

For more information check out these Get Ready Fact Sheets.

 

Photo courtesy of Port Douglas Fire Brigade

Photo courtesy of Port Douglas Fire Brigade

[What if] Step 2: Packing Your Emergency Kit

Your Emergency Kit is a collection of items that provides for your household’s essential needs in the event of emergencies like bushfire, storms, floods and cyclones.

You and your family need to be ready to survive for three days without power, water or groceries (longer in remote areas). Make sure you pack medications and supplies for pets.

Keep all contents of your Evacuation Kit in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and store in a safe place that is easy to access.

In addition to the contents you have gathered in your Emergency Kit, include a little bit of cash (ATMs and banks may not be open) and any valuables and mementos.

For more information check out these Get Ready Fact Sheets.

 

 4[What if] Step 3: Prepare Your Home

The best time to prepare your home is now. Taking steps now to secure and protect your property can improve the safety of your home during a bushfire, storm, flood or cyclone.

Understanding your risk is key to any preparation task. Once you have identified potential risks, preparing for them becomes easier.

For more information check out these Get Ready Fact Sheets.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Mossman SES

Photo courtesy of Mossman SES

[What if] Step 4: Tune into warnings

Emergency Services use a range of methods to warn the community about severe weather and other emergencies that require preparation and action at the household level. When warnings are issued you may be directed to:

  • Finalise your preparations;
  • Secure items around your home;
  • Activate your Emergency Plan;
  • Shelter in place, or
  • Commence evacuation to your predetermined safer location.

For more information check out these Get Ready Fact Sheets.

 

6[What if] Get Ready Douglas Wallet-card USBs

Council’s Get Ready Douglas Wallet-card USBs are preloaded with disaster preparation checklists and storm surge zone maps.

Scan and upload your important personal documents to keep with you during a disaster event.

You can get your free Get Ready Douglas USB wallet card from Council’s Mossman Administration Building, 64-66 Front Street, Mossman, the Port Douglas Community Hub on Mowbray Street and the Mossman Library.

 

 

Photo by Trevor Ford

Photo by Trevor Ford

Are you in a storm surge zone?

People who live in storm surge zone areas may be at risk of storm tide flooding associated with a cyclone.

To find out if you are in one of the three risk zones:

  • Look in your meter box for a red, orange or yellow sticker;
  • Check the maps

 

If you ARE in a coloured zone:

  • Your property may be at risk of storm surge flooding during a cyclone;
  • Prepare to evacuate if emergency services issue an evacuation order for your zone
  • Take the most direct route as shown in the storm tide surge evacuation maps.

 

If your property is NOT in a coloured zone, you are outside the predicted storm tide risk zone and do NOT need to evacuate. Stay home, follow your emergency plan and make your cyclone preparations.

For more information check out these Get Ready Fact Sheets.