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2 January, 2021

Cyclone Preparation: Get your supplies ready

Natural hazards can cause major disruptions to essential services.

By Peter McCullagh

Preparing your household emergency kit is one of the most important steps you can take to be as prepared as possible. 

Your emergency kit contains a collection of essential items that will equip your household in the event of emergencies like bushfire, storm, floods and cyclones. 

Your kit should be kept in a sturdy, easy-to-carry bag and stored in a safe place that is easy to access in an emergency. It is similar to your evacuation kit, but should contain items that will allow you to survive in your homes without essential services for at least five days. 

Essential items such as medications, torches and spare batteries, a battery powered radio, mobile phone and charger, drinking water, non-perishable foods, spare clothing and footwear including waterproof clothing and gloves should also be included in your kit. If you already have an emergency kit from last year, take the time to check water and tinned food. 

Stored water should be replaced and tins check to ensure there’s no sign of swelling or rust to the tins. Cooking facilities such as a portable gas stove should be check and run to ensure gas lines have not become clogged or perished. You should also pack some basic tools, duct tape, plastic garbage bags and any other specific items for any of your family members. Important documents like insurance paperwork, mortgage documents, birth certificates, passports and cash should be included inside a waterproof pouch or bag. 

For more information on how you should plan and prepare visit the Log-on to the Queensland government website and following the on-line check list to ensure your household is fully prepared this year for the storm and cyclone season. 

Now is not the time to be complacent. There are many suppliers who can assit you with your provisions. Positive Batteries on Mulgrave Road stock a full range of generators and camping fridges. Perfect for times when you lose power during this season.

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