Are you Cyclone Ready?

Are You Cyclone Ready?

A developing low in the Coral Sea forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone on Saturday 14 March is expected to track close to Norfolk Island on Monday 16 March. While the exact track of the low and impact upon the island is uncertain at this time, it is important that everyone on Norfolk Island takes the threat seriously and undertakes appropriate preparations.

STAY INFORMED

Monitor information issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and act upon any warnings. Warnings for Norfolk Island will appear on the Bureau of Meteorology website: www.bom.gov.au Select the NSW tab and then click on Warnings, where any warning information related to the cyclone will appear here.  

You can also get up to date information from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) Twitter account. Type @BoM_NSW into your browser on your phone or computer. Regular updates, track maps, satellite images and other useful material will be posted.

The Bureau of Meteorology will also be regularly talking to Norfolk Island Radio:

  • Saturday 14March 4pm
  • Sunday 15 March 08:30am
  • Sunday 15 March 4pm
  • Monday 16 March 08:32am
  • Monday 16 March 4pm

PREPARE NOW

  • Check that the walls, roof and eaves of your home are secure
  • Trim overhanging branches from your home where safe to do so
  • Clear your property of loose material that could blow about and possibly cause injury or damage during extreme winds
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Keeping a list of emergency phone numbers on display
  • Check on your neighbours and help those unable to make preparations themselves

WHEN A CYCLONE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Re-check your property for any loose material and tie down (or fill with water) all large, relatively light items such as boats and rubbish bins
  • Check your emergency kit and fill water containers
  • Ensure household members know which is the strongest part of the house and what to do in the event of a cyclone warning or an evacuation
  • Monitor warnings and follow emergency service advice
  • Check neighbours are aware of the situation and are preparing

WHEN A CYCLONE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Park vehicles under solid shelter (hand brake on and in gear)
  • Secure or put away garden furniture, trampolines and other loose items
  • Board-up or heavily tape all windows. Draw curtains and lock doors
  • Pack an evacuation kit of warm clothes, essential medications, baby formula, nappies,
    valuables, important papers, photos and mementos in waterproof bags to be taken with
    your emergency kit. Large/heavy valuables could be protected in a strong cupboard
  • Remain indoors (with your pets). Stay tuned to your local radio/TV for further information

DURING THE CYCLONE

  • Disconnect all electrical appliances. Listen to your battery radio for updates
  • Stay inside and shelter {well clear of windows) in the strongest part of the building,
    i.e. cellar, internal hallway or bathroom. Keep evacuation and emergency kits with you
  • If the building starts to break up, protect yourself with mattresses, rugs or blankets under a
    strong table or bench or hold onto a solid fixture, e.g. a water pipe
  • Beware the calm 'eye'. If the wind drops, don't assume the cyclone is over; violent winds
    will soon resume from another direction. Wait for the official 'all clear'

AFTER THE CYCLONE

  • Don't go outside until officially advised it is safe
  • Check for gas leaks. Don't use electric appliances if wet
  • Follow official warnings and advice
  • Beware of damaged power lines, bridges, buildings, trees, and don't enter floodwaters
  • Don't go sightseeing

EMERGENCY KIT

Prepare an emergency kit containing:

  • a portable battery radio, torch and spare batteries – most phones now have a built in torch and you can download an app to receive digital radio such as the ABC
  • water containers, dried or canned food and a can opener
  • matches, fuel lamp, portable stove, cooking gear, eating utensils
  • a first aid kit and manual
  • masking tape for windows
  • waterproof bags

A reminder that phones can be charged in your car if power goes out – if running your car ensure it is in a well-ventilated location.

Do not run a generator inside or near windows or air conditioning intakes to your property.

Information provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.