Before the cyclone season you should make every effort to prepare yourself and your family by having your personal Emergency Plan in place and your Emergency Kit stocked and ready to go. Click here for more information on preparing an emergency kit.
Download the Living in the North Guide
The need to evacuate may be caused by a variety of hazards including storm tides, flooding and landslides. In the event of a cyclone, the best and safest place is usually your own home, or that of a friend or relative. It is important that you establish where you will relocate to if you and your household are required to evacuate before a disaster occurs. Click here
for more information on evacuating, places of refuge and evacuation centres.
There are many things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim during a disaster. Taking some simple precautions now before the onset of any natural hazard will help protect you, your family and your property. Click here for more information.
It is up to you to plan ahead and to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets, livestock or other farm animals well before a natural hazard affects your home or farm. By acting early, you will avoid unnecessary danger and anxiety. Although individual needs will vary, the following advice is intended to help you decide the best plan for your circumstances and region.
Consider sandbags to protect your home and business
placed in appropriate locations around your home or business can reduce the impact of flooding. Sandbags
will not stop the water completely, but can reduce the amount of water that enters your property or home.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) has a range of translated materials for use by local governments, other agencies and communities to help everyone make informed decisions and take appropriate steps in preparing for emergencies and natural disasters. Visit the Emergency Management Queensland site for translated information on disaster preperation. Council also has two educational DVDs available to Townsville's migrant and Indigenous communities to better prepare for cyclone season.
Townsville Disaster Information DVD - ATSIC Version
Townsville Disaster Information DVD - Migrant Version