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  • Getting ready for cyclone season.

    Seeing as we are coming up to cyclone flood season, again and something that happens each year across Northern Australia. (WA-NT-QLD). Flooding is going to move into NSW, Might all so move into VIC and SA.

    We should have a thread about what each of our families do to prepare and help other people to prepare.

    What to think about…

    Before/During/After

    Food
    Water
    Radio
    Light
    Batteries
    Eating
    Cooking
    Personal Documents
    Clothing
    Personal Toiletries/Hygiene
    Phones/Chargers
    Yard Cleaning/House Prep
    Your own Tarps/Rope/Ladder
    Pets - food, water, food-water bowl, Dog harness, collars, leads and leashes, safe warm place for them, travel cage.
    Kids/Baby Needs - Nappies, formula, food they will eat, warm clothing, blankets.
    Staying/Going/Forced to go
    Vehicles Fuel
    Contact Numbers: Emergency/Family
    72 Hour pack for each family family member
    First Aid kit,


    mummaslove added
    cash on hand
    repellant and mosquito coils


    Seacretsquirrel added
    camp stove
    tinned food 2min noodles etc
    a roll or 2 of loo paper
    extra baby wipes
    documents in 2 zip lock bags


    I hope I don't upset any one, when I add your ideas to the list.
    Last edited by *Cj*; 11-01-2011, 12:43.

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    Helpful Links all about cyclone season:


    http://www.cairns.com.au/article/200...5_cyclone.html

    72 hour packs.
    http://lds.about.com/od/preparedness...72hour_kit.htm
    http://www.nationalterroralert.com/72hourkit/
    http://www.santapaulacert.com/72hour.html
    Last edited by *Cj*; 18-10-2009, 23:24.

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    • #3
      Having just moved to the NT I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I wonder if anyone from the NT can tell me where a good evacuation point would be in case of a large cyclone? How far inland would you need to go, and how early would you need to leave? Also..what size storm would make you consider evacuating? Thanks

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      • #4
        Thanks *cj* for posting this, it is a great reminder.

        I live in Innisfail, and will never forget Cyclone Larry for as long as I live.

        My best advice would be to have your car filled with fuel, and have cash on hand, because if there is no power in town for a few days (or a few weeks in our case) there are no ATM's, EFTPOS etc.

        Have repellant and mosquito coils handy, because the mosquito problem after Larry was terrible, like nothing I've seen before.

        Regarding evacuation, I know a lot of people from the coast go to the Tablelands, but Larry went straight up there and was pretty devastating there too, so I don't really know how far inland you should go.

        I wouldn't consider evacuating unless you live right on the water and are in immediate danger of storm surge or flood from a river.

        But if a cyclone was coming for us of a category 4 or 5 again, I may consider it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ardentwhispers View Post
          Having just moved to the NT I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I wonder if anyone from the NT can tell me where a good evacuation point would be in case of a large cyclone? How far inland would you need to go, and how early would you need to leave? Also..what size storm would make you consider evacuating? Thanks
          They told us whent to leave when the last one came through last year it was announced on the radio/tv etc that if you were going to evacuate then do it by "this" time.
          I am not sure as to the best place to go but I think you have to head a fair way south and then you have the dramas of roads being closed due to debris and flooding (even if the actual cyclone wasn't to serious in the end)
          there are also a few cyclone shelters around Darwin and Palmerston (the Hub at Palmerston is one)
          We do up a kit each year with some tinned food 2min noodles etc (we have a camp stove to cook on in the event of no power) and all the bits that CJ said we also add a roll or 2 of loo paper and extra baby wipes too.
          I pop our documents in 2 zip lock bags (the big ones fit A4 pages and I double up just in case).
          And don't forget your first aid kit!

          You should also look for the best place to be in your own house too so that you know where to go if you have to stay in your house. remember matresses can be used to block doorways etc too go for a central place with no windows.
          The NT govt website has great info also. or go to you public library they often have brochures on what to do where to go etc too.

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          • #6
            mammaslove - yes we went through cyclone Larry as well and you made some good points.
            We were without power for 2 wks - I wonder sometimes how we survived without it lol!
            We had not thought about certain things beforehand and were stuck - we did not get cash out - we could not buy fuel or use ATM etc, thankfully we received relief money to buy food.
            We went through alot of mozzies coils, gas cartridges for little gas cooker and I ended up having to use all my good candles around the house as last resort!!!

            It is good to have a radio on hand and listen frequently to any alerts to keep you informed. You are usually given lots of warning and are advised where to go for shelter if you need it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Seacretsquirrel View Post
              We do up a kit each year with some tinned food 2min noodles etc (we have a camp stove to cook on in the event of no power) and all the bits that CJ said we also add a roll or 2 of loo paper and extra baby wipes too.
              I pop our documents in 2 zip lock bags (the big ones fit A4 pages and I double up just in case).
              And don't forget your first aid kit!
              .

              Thats great that you do up kits.

              Does any one have 72 hour packs made up? There great in case you have to evacuate and you don't have time to pack any thing. It will help your family be self-sufficient until help arrives. For more info on 72 hour packs please look at the links below. Or ask in the thread.

              http://lds.about.com/od/preparedness...72hour_kit.htm
              http://www.nationalterroralert.com/72hourkit/
              http://www.santapaulacert.com/72hour.html

              DON'T FORGET to pack a photo of your family in case some one gets lost. It will help in finding them.

              DON'T FORGET to put all/some of your photos on DVD or Cd, keep a few copies at diffter peoples home if you can. Keep a copy in your 72 pack.

              DON'T FORGET you can get wind up Torches.
              Like this one, it all so has a radio. There great for kids. http://www.originecostore.com.au/Mag...Radio/MR05.htm

              Please keep the helpful tips coming
              Last edited by *Cj*; 19-10-2009, 09:20.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mummaslove View Post
                Thanks *cj* for posting this, it is a great reminder.

                I live in Innisfail, and will never forget Cyclone Larry for as long as I live.

                I also live in Innisfail, luckily i was in Brisbane when Cyclone Larry, but my family and friends went through it, and one thing they said was that they hadnt thought the storm was going to be as bad as it was.
                So i will not be underestimating any cyclone that comes this way.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ardentwhispers View Post
                  Having just moved to the NT I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I wonder if anyone from the NT can tell me where a good evacuation point would be in case of a large cyclone? How far inland would you need to go, and how early would you need to leave? Also..what size storm would make you consider evacuating? Thanks

                  I'm trying to get some links for you. But some won't work. Try this one, it has a list of helpful site's for NT. http://www.abc.net.au/nt/stories/cyclone.htm.

                  Some site's might be getting updated. Try a again in a few days. If no luck give the Darwin City Council a call. Hope that helps

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by *Cj* View Post
                    I'm trying to get some links for you. But some won't work. Try this one, it has a list of helpful site's for NT. http://www.abc.net.au/nt/stories/cyclone.htm.

                    Some site's might be getting updated. Try a again in a few days. If no luck give the Darwin City Council a call. Hope that helps
                    Thanks. The other night I scoured the web to see everything we should do and have on hand. I figure our safest room is my walk in wardrobe because it has no windows and is attatched to a bathroom. The bathroom has windows though, so I think I would have to tape up the windows and the door (it's a sliding door) during the actual cyclone. I've actually been through 2 small cyclones and a few tropical storms in the past, so I have some clue of what to do and wouldn't mind riding out a smaller storm.

                    I have pets, so it would be tricky to evacuate, but if it was going to be a large cyclone that's the first thing I'd want to do - get in the car. None of the websites I've looked at were helpful in finding out how inland you'd have to get. Would Katherine be far enough? I have visions of driving til I get to my dad's place in Adelaide

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                    • #11
                      I think you have to go past Katherine as they still get a fair bit of the wind etc (don't quote me on that though)

                      I was just checking out some premade kits - a very expensive way of going about it - they start at $200 for a very basic kit and go up to nearly $1000

                      Though I did get the idea for the water sterilisation tablets from them. With water you need about 10 litres ber person for 3 days (plus extra for cooking and cleaning - hence the extra baby wipes)
                      Garbage bags are a good idea too.
                      And those of you with pets don't forget to include all their stuff and make sure you have pet first aid stuff too (from memory there are a few websites that have suggestions for what to include)
                      Last edited by Seacretsquirrel; 24-10-2009, 22:49.

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                      • #12
                        Good Luck everyone up there, hope you ride it out okay. Our cyclone warning got cancelled this morning but its still really windy here.

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                        • #13
                          ARE YOU READY ?????? Have you got food?? Food that you don't need to cook?
                          Have you got water? Have you got some cash on you? If power is out ATM won't work you need some cash. have you got food/water for pet's? Have you got nappies, formula. Any thing your kids might need? Have you got medication that any one need's? Do have children's panadol?

                          Remarks:
                          Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction, and remain well offshore during Thursday.

                          On Friday the cyclone is expected to turn west-southwest and begin moving closer to the Queensland coast. On current predictions the most likely scenario is for the cyclone to impact the Queensland coast during the weekend somewhere between Cardwell and St Lawrence. However, it is important to understand that some uncertainty remains in this outlook period.

                          The windy conditions over much of the Queensland east coastal waters will continue due to the tight pressure gradient generated by a combination of a high pressure system situated in the Tasman Sea and Severe Tropical Cyclone Ului. Seas and swell are expected to increase along much of the Queensland east coast and produce dangerous surf conditions on the exposed coasts.

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                          • #14
                            I stocked up a few days ago. Larry was supposed to hit there too, so im freaking this ones going to cut north.

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                            • #15
                              IndigoJ It is better to be stocked up then have it hit and have nothing. It is still any one's guess where it will hit.

                              We moved away from Townsvill the end of 2005 so missed Larry. we were very happy to have missed him.

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