Residents urged to get their cyclone kit ready before wet season kicks off

Date published: 6 November 2020

Townsville City Council is urging residents to have their emergency kit ready before the wet season kicks into gear.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group Chair (TLDMG) and Mayor Jenny Hill said an emergency kit should be a staple in any Townsville home over the coming months.

“We would really like to urge residents to be prepared for the wet season ahead and this includes making sure that there is an adequate and fully stocked emergency kit in the home,” Cr Hill said.

“Residents should consider what they may need to survive in the case of any flooding or cyclone and this will vary depending on the circumstances of each family.

“The most important things to consider are what items you may need for children, photocopies of important documents, any medication and enough food and water to get through for a minimum of three days.”

TLDMG Deputy Chair Kurt Rehbein said that it is important that residents look out for each other and to check in and make sure that their neighbours are prepared for the wet season ahead.

“We are in a La Nina cycle this year and it expected to be a wetter year than usual, so with such a transient population, it is important for our community to look out for one another,” Cr Rehbein said.

“There is an abundance of information on both Council’s website and the Disaster Dashboard and I would urge residents to jump on and brush up on information before the wet season.

“We want our community informed and to be safe in the event of any disasters over the coming months, and with COVID-19 thrown in the mix, this preparation is more vital than ever.”

For more information, and to see a checklist for things to include in a emergency kit, visit Prepare Your Emergency Kit.

Residents can also visit Townsville’s Disaster Management Dashboard.