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Take Action During a Cyclone

When a cyclone is forecast DFES issues community alerts to keep people safe and informed.

There are four stages of community alerts issued for a cyclone; Blue, Yellow, Red and All Clear.

  • Blue Alert means prepare for dangerous weather
  • Yellow Alert means take action and get ready to go to shelter
  • Red Alert means go to shelter immediately
  • All Clear means that wind and storm surge dangers have passed but you need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage

When a Blue Alert is issued you need to start preparing

  • Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone through radio, television or internet
  • Find out when shops and businesses will close, and when to collect your children from school
  • Secure or remove loose material and rubbish from around your home or work
  • Organise your emergency kit including first aid kit, essential medications, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water
  • Consider relocating people with special needs including people who are pregnant, elderly or have disabilities
  • Identify the strongest part of your house or the closest welfare centre
  • Identify a safe place for your pet (most welfare centres do not accept pets, but do accept guide dogs)
  • Ensure you have adequate tie down materials or anchor points for loose items
  • Organise a gas barbeque or portable stove to use outside in a dry, ventilated area, in case electricity is cut
  • Remind your family of cyclone procedures

When a Yellow Alert is issued you need to take action

  • Monitor radio, television or internet for information on the cyclone’s progress, particularly any storm surge advice
  • Know where your family and pets are located
  • Consider sheltering pets early
  • Secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles to tie down points
  • Store or secure other loose items like outdoor furniture that is likely to be thrown about by destructive winds
  • Be aware that shops will now be closing
  • Obtain cash as banking services may not be available.
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area with the handbrake on and in park or first gear
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and fill emergency containers with water
  • Make sure your neighbours have received this warning. If you are ready and they need help, give them a hand
  • Fasten all cyclone screens. Board up or heavily tape exposed windows. Close curtains and lock doors
  • Pack a relocation kit, including warm clothes. Place valuables, important papers and photos in waterproof bags to be taken with your kit
  • Prepare to move quickly to the strongest part of your house or relocate to the nearest relocation centre if required
  • If you live in a low-lying coastal area and the cyclone is likely to create a storm surge, you may be advised to relocate now
  • Refer to your family cyclone plan

When a Red Alert is issued you need to take shelter immediately

  • Keep listening to your portable radio for information on the cyclones progress
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and turn off gas supply valves
  • Ensure that pets and animals are safely sheltered
  • Go immediately to the strongest, safest part of your house or the building you are in (i.e. internal hallway, bathroom or toilet) or to the closest welfare centre
  • Keep your emergency kit with you
  • Take your relocation kit with you if you have been advised to relocate.
  • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed and locked
  • Stay inside until the All Clear is given by authorities

When an All Clear is issued you need to take care to avoid dangers caused by damage

  • Listen for information and follow advice from authorities
  • If you need to go outside, be careful because power lines could be down and there may be fallen trees, broken water and sewage lines, loose roof sheeting and other material
  • Check to see if your neighbours are safe
  • Check whereabouts of pets and animals.
  • If your property has sustained serious damage and you need help, call the SES for assistance on 132 500
  • For life threatening emergencies call 000
  • Avoid using the telephone except for emergencies.
  • Start cleaning up around your home, stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and telephone lines
  • If you relocated from your home, wait for advice before you go back
  • If returning home take the roads recommended by authorities and do not hurry
 

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