The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Centre will be open from 2pm today.
The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter located at the Port Douglas State School in Endeavour St should only be utilised as a last resort when there is an imminent threat of storm tide inundation as a result of Cyclone Ita.
Anyone at risk of storm tide surge should first seek shelter with friends or family or utilise tourist accommodation not in the storm tide surge zone.
Storm tide surge maps of the local area are available on Council’s website or Facebook page.
Anyone in the red or orange zone of the storm tide surge maps should make arrangements to seek refuge out of the potential storm surge zone.
The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter can accommodate up to 700 people.
Anyone who requires emergency shelter at the centre as a result of being in the storm tide surge zone needs to bring their own water, toilet paper and ready-prepared food.
People using the shelter will be provided with a chair and will have very limited space.
No pets are allowed and there are no cooking facilities. The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter is not a place of refuge for people at risk of cyclonic winds.
The safest and most comfortable place for anyone not at risk of storm surge inundation is their own home or a friend’s home or their tourist accommodation if it is not at risk of storm surge.
The Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Centre is for those at risk of storm surge inundation who have nowhere else to go. Once the authorities close the doors of the Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter, no one will be allowed to enter or leave until police give the authority to do so.