Before the cyclone season, you should make every effort to prepare yourself and your family (including pets) by having your emergency kit stocked and ready to go. Your kit should include enough supplies for all members of your family to survive for at least three (3) days.
For tips on what to include in an emergency kit, refer to our Emergency Kit Checklist.
- Store your emergency kit in a convenient place known to all of the family members e.g. entry hall.
- Keep items in airtight, waterproof containers.
- Make sure you pack medication and pet supplies.
- Update your kit regularly, at least at the beginning of cyclone season in November.
- Be sure to check expiration dates and replace old items (especially expired food products).
- Check and replace batteries regularly.
- Keep all contents of your Evacuation Kit in a sturdy, carrier 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 small amount of cash (ATMs and banks may not be open). Consider including any valuables and mementos.
Get Ready Douglas Wallet-card USBs
- Council’s Get Ready Douglas Wallet-card USBs are preloaded with disaster preparation checklists.
- Scan and upload your important personal documents to keep with you during a disaster event.
- Obtain 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.
Generic items you will need to pack in your emergency kit
- Battery-operated radio (with spare batteries)
- Torch (with spare batteries)
- Candles, lighter and waterproof matches
- First aid kit and manual
- Combination pocket knife
- Portable (gas) stove with fuel
- Cooking gear
- Water in sealed containers (10 litres per person)
- Toiletry and sanitary supplies
- Change of clothes and strong shoes
- Non-perishable food (e.g. dried or cans) – enough for 3-4 days (can opener and utensils)
- Special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities
- Pet food, water and other animals needs
- Tent or tarpaulin, and blankets/bed linen
- Other camping equipment
- Personal documents (insurance certificate, photographs etc.)
- Strong plastic bags (for clothing and valuables)
- Emergency phone numbers