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Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
CANCELLATION severe weather warning: Based on the current movement and forecast development of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie damaging wind gusts in excess of 90km/hr are now no longer considered likely in areas east of the Atherton Tablelands. Gusty conditions are still likely to develop, however the threat of damaging wind gusts has now eased. The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary. Last BOM advice 6:30pm: www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.html
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
We are humbled by the numerous offers of support we've received from the Cairns community for people coming up here to weather the storm. We are happy to report that 35 people from Ayr and Home Hill have now arrived safely in Cairns to their accomodation. No further support is required at this time, but we'll be sure to ask if anything changes
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
Areas around Cairns should prepare for strong and gusty westerly winds early Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with gusts up to 90km/h. Areas include the northern beaches, Caravonica, Redlynch and possibly Gordonvale and Edmonton. Our friends at Oz Cyclone Chasers have put together this great video (scroll to 6:48) that explains these 'downslope' winds really well. Watch it here: http://ozcyclonechasers.com.au/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=658&Itemid=1217 (Latest BoM update: http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.html
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
BOM has issued a Severe weather warning for damaging winds in areas east of the Atherton Tablelands and south of Port Douglas throughout Tuesday and Wednesday: http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.html
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
The Cyclone Watch for the Cairns region has now been cancelled. Our thoughts are with everyone in the regions to our south as TC Debbie approaches the coast. Anyone in the Warning or Watch area is advised to monitor advice and information from their local authorities.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
Latest Tropical Cyclone Advice from BOM: http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20023.html
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
The Cairns region has now been removed from the Flood Watch area. We will advise if this situation changes. Anyone located in the area from Cardwell to Gladstone should monitor flood advice via their local authorities. http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20890.html
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12 Issued at 10:54 am EST on Sunday 26 March 2017 Headline: Tropical cyclone Debbie expected to intensify into a category 3 system later today. Areas Affected: Warning Zone Ayr to St Lawrence including Bowen, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands. Watch Zone remaining coastal areas from Cairns to Ayr including Innisfail and Townsville, extending inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 10:00 am AEST: Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 100 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 140 kilometres per hour. Location: within 35 kilometres of 18.1 degrees South 151.4 degrees East, estimated to be 500 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 395 kilometres east northeast of Bowen. Movement: southwest at 6 kilometres per hour. Tropical cyclone Debbie is starting to adopt a west-southwest track towards the north Queensland coast and is currently forecast to intensify into a category 3 system this evening. Tropical cyclone Debbie is likely to intensify further prior to making landfall between Lucinda and the area north of Mackay on Tuesday morning. Hazards: GALES are expected to develop about the exposed coast and islands between Ayr and Mackay during this afternoon or evening, and could extend further south to St Lawrence tonight. GALES could extend further north to coastal areas between Cairns and Ayr on Monday or during Tuesday morning, as well as further inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h may develop about the exposed coast and islands between Ayr and Mackay as early as Monday morning, before extending further north to Lucinda by the evening. The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a CATEGORY 4 tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 km/h near the centre. Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas late on Sunday and continue through Monday and Tuesday. Major river flooding may also develop over a broad area next week and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cairns and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: People between Ayr and St Lawrence should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property using available daylight hours. - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (wwwr.disaster.qld.gov.au) - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage). People between Cairns and Ayr, and inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. - Information is available from your local government - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au) - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage). Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 2:00 pm AEST Sunday 26 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
While the predicted track has remained consistent, Cairns remains in the WATCH area. Please continue with initial preparations and be ready to take further action should the threat to our region increase. Note that a Flood WATCH remains current for the Cairns region as this system approaches the coast.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11 Issued at 7:38 am EST on Sunday 26 March 2017 Headline: Tropical cyclone Debbie expected to intensify into a category 3 system today. Areas Affected: Warning Zone Ayr to St Lawrence including Bowen, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands. Watch Zone remaining coastal areas from Cairns to Ayr including Innisfail and Townsville, extending inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 7:00 am AEST: Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 100 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 140 kilometres per hour. Location: within 35 kilometres of 18.0 degrees South 151.6 degrees East, estimated to be 525 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 475 kilometres east northeast of Ayr. Movement: slow moving. Tropical cyclone Debbie is starting to adopt a west-southwest track towards the north Queensland coast and is currently forecast to intensify into a category 3 system this afternoon. Tropical cyclone Debbie is likely to intensify further prior to making landfall between Lucinda and the area north of Mackay on Tuesday morning. Hazards: GALES are expected to develop about the exposed coast and islands between Ayr and Mackay during this afternoon or evening, and could extend further south to St Lawrence tonight. GALES could extend further north to coastal areas between Cairns and Ayr on Monday or during Tuesday morning, as well as further inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h may develop about the exposed coast and islands between Ayr and Mackay as early as Monday morning, before extending further north to Lucinda by the evening. The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a CATEGORY 4 tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 km/h near the centre. Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas late on Sunday and continue through Monday and Tuesday. Major river flooding may also develop over a broad area next week and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cairns and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: People between Ayr and St Lawrence should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property using available daylight hours. - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au) - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage). People between Cairns and Ayr, and inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Sunday 26 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 10 Issued at 4:41 am EST on Sunday 26 March 2017 Headline: Tropical cyclone Debbie expected to intensify into a category 3 system today. Areas Affected: Warning Zone Ayr to St Lawrence including Bowen, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands. Watch Zone remaining coastal areas from Cairns to Ayr including Innisfail and Townsville, extending inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 4:00 am AEST: Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 100 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 140 kilometres per hour. Location: within 35 kilometres of 17.9 degrees South 151.7 degrees East, estimated to be 535 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 490 kilometres east northeast of Ayr. Movement: slow moving. Tropical cyclone Debbie is expected to adopt a steady west-southwest track later this morning and intensify into a category 3 system this afternoon. Tropical cyclone Debbie is likely to intensify further prior to making landfall between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning. Hazards: GALES are expected to develop about the exposed coast and islands between Ayr and Mackay during this afternoon or evening, and could extend further south to St Lawrence on Sunday night. GALES could extend further north to coastal areas between Cairns and Ayr on Monday, as well as further inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h are expected to develop about the exposed coast and islands between Lucinda and Mackay on Monday afternoon or evening. The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a CATEGORY 4 tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 km/h near the centre. Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas late on Sunday and continue through Monday and Tuesday. Major river flooding may also develop over a broad area next week and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cairns and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: People between Ayr and St Lawrence should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property using available daylight hours. Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 8:00 am AEST Sunday 26 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
Cairns remains within the WATCH area.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 7 Issued at 7:50 pm EST on Saturday 25 March 2017 Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to begin moving southwestward towards the coast overnight. Areas Affected: Warning Zone Ayr to St Lawrence, including Bowen, Mackay and Whitsunday Islands. Watch Zone Cairns to Ayr, including Cardwell and Townsville. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 7:00 pm AEST: Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 85 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 120 kilometres per hour. Location: within 55 kilometres of 17.7 degrees South 151.9 degrees East, estimated to be 660 kilometres east of Cairns and 560 kilometres east northeast of Townsville. Movement: slow moving. Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently a category 1 cyclone, but is continuing to show signs of development. The system has been relatively slow moving during today, but is expected to adopt a steady west-southwest track tonight. This general west-southwesterly motion is expected to continue for the next few days, bringing the cyclone towards and eventually onto the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the cyclone as it approaches the coast. Hazards: GALES are expected to develop about the exposed coast and islands between Ayr and Mackay on Sunday afternoon or evening, and could extend further south to St Lawrence on Sunday night. GALES could extend further north to coastal areas between Cairns and Ayr on Monday. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h are expected to develop about the exposed coast and islands between Lucinda and Mackay on Monday afternoon or evening. The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a CATEGORY 4 tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 km/h near the centre. Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas late on Sunday and continue through Monday and Tuesday. Major river flooding may also develop over a broad area next week and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cairns and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: Recommended Action: - People between Ayr and St Lawrence should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property. - People between Cairns and Ayr should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Saturday 25 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
**Cairns remains in the Cyclone WATCH area; a Cyclone WARNING is current for Ayr - St Lawrence** TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 6 Issued at 4:54 pm EST on Saturday 25 March 2017 Headline: Tropical Cyclone Debbie has formed in the Coral Sea. Areas Affected: Warning Zone Ayr to St Lawrence, including Bowen, Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands. Watch Zone Cairns to Ayr, including Cardwell and Townsville. Cancelled Zone Cape Tribulation to Cairns. Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 4:00 pm AEST: Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour. Location: within 55 kilometres of 17.5 degrees South 151.8 degrees East, estimated to be 640 kilometres east of Cairns and 560 kilometres east northeast of Townsville. Movement: slow moving. Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently a category 1 cyclone, but is continuing to show signs of development. The system has been relatively slow moving during today, but is expected to adopt a steady west-southwest track in the next few hours. This general west-southwesterly motion is expected to continue for the next few days, bringing the cyclone towards and eventually onto the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the cyclone as it approaches the coast over the weekend and into early next week. Hazards: Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning, most likely as a CATEGORY 4 tropical cyclone, with wind gusts up to 260 kilometres per hour near the centre. DESTRUCTIVE winds are likely to develop about the Whitsunday Islands and nearby coast on Monday evening, and extend to other areas between Ayr and Mackay overnight into Monday morning. GALES are expected to develop between Ayr and St Lawrence from late Monday afternoon and evening, and may extend to other coastal areas north to Innisfail during Tuesday. Based on the current forecast track, abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. Areas of heavy rain are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas into Sunday. A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Mackay, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: - People between Ayr and St Lawrence should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property [using available daylight hours/before nightfall]. - People between Cairns and Ayr should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 8:00 pm AEST Saturday 25 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
FLOOD WATCH for coastal catchments between Cairns to Gladstone extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments Issued at 11:49 am EST on Saturday 25 March 2017 Issue Number: 3 River level rises above the minor flood level are likely across the Flood Watch area from Monday. Major flooding is possible. Heavy rainfall with daily totals up to 200 mm with locally heavier falls are expected across the Flood Watch area from Monday. This rainfall is associated with Tropical Cyclone Debbie over the Coral Sea which continues to strengthen and track west-southwest towards the Queensland Coast between Cardwell and Proserpine. Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding. Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Barron, Russell, Mulgrave, Johnstone, Tully, Murray, Herbert, Ross, Bohle, Black, Haughton, Burdekin, Don, Proserpine, Pioneer, Fitzroy, Calliope, Mitchell, Gilbert, Norman and Upper Flinders Rivers and Bluewater Creek. See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland. This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop. See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch. Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. Next Issue: The next Flood Watch is due to be issued by 12:30 pm AEST on Sunday 26 March 2017.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
**Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been named. Cairns Region remains in the Cyclone Watch area** TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 5 Issued at 10:58 am EST on Saturday 25 March 2017 Headline: Tropical Cyclone Debbie has recently formed in the Coral Sea. Areas Affected: Warning Zone None. Watch Zone Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence, including Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 10:00 am AEST: Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour. Location: within 35 kilometres of 17.4 degrees South 151.9 degrees East, estimated to be 650 kilometres east of Cairns and 580 kilometres east northeast of Townsville. Movement: southwest at 9 kilometres per hour. The tropical low over the central Coral Sea has recently developed into Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The system has been moving slowly southwards overnight, but has recently shown signs of shifting onto a west-southwest track. This general west-southwesterly motion is expected to continue for the next few days, bringing the cyclone towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the cyclone as it approaches the coast over the weekend and into early next week. Hazards: GALES are not expected to develop about the Queensland east coast today, however they could develop about the coast and islands between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence, including the Whitsunday Islands, during Sunday. Based on the current forecast track, abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. Areas of heavy rain are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas into Sunday. A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Mackay, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: People between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Saturday 25 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
A Flood Watch remains current for coastal catchments from Cooktown to Mackay. Sandbags are currently available from the Portsmith, Smithfield and Gordonvale waste transfer stations to assist residents in low-lying and flood prone areas with preparations.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 4 Issued at 4:44 am EST on Saturday 25 March 2017 Headline: High chance of tropical cyclone formation in the Coral Sea today. Areas Affected: Warning Zone None. Watch Zone Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence including Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Low at 4:00 am AEST: Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour. Location: within 35 kilometres of 17.0 degrees South 152.2 degrees East, estimated to be 620 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 680 kilometres east of Cairns. Movement: slow moving. The tropical low has moved slowly overnight while steadily developing. The low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a west-southwest track today, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches the coast over the weekend and into early next week. Hazards: GALES are not expected to develop about the Queensland east coast today, however they could develop about the coast and islands between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence, including the Whitsunday Islands, during Sunday. Based on the current forecast track, abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. Areas of heavy rain are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas into Sunday. A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Mackay, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments. Recommended Action: People between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Saturday 25 March.
Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 2 Issued at 4:46 pm EST on Friday 24 March 2017 Headline: Coral Sea tropical low should develop into a tropical cyclone and move west towards the coast over the weekend. Areas Affected: Warning Zone None. Watch Zone Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence including Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Cancelled Zone None. Details of Tropical Low at 4:00 pm AEST: Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour. Location: within 95 kilometres of 16.7 degrees South 151.8 degrees East, estimated to be 650 kilometres east of Cairns and 610 kilometres east northeast of Townsville. Movement: southeast at 13 kilometres per hour. The tropical low has been showing signs of strengthening and has been moving towards the south-southeast during today. On Saturday, the low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a west-southwesterly track, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches the coast over the weekend and early next week. Hazards: GALES are not expected along the coast in the next 24 hours. However, given the expected intensification of the low and the forecast track towards the coast, coastal and island communities between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence, including the Whitsunday Islands, may begin to be affected by this expected tropical cyclone during Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Recommended Action: People between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. - Information is available from your local government - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au) - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage). Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Friday 24 March.

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The Cairns region is a beautiful, tropical area that is vulnerable to natural disasters. We are cyclone and flood prone. We're neighbours to an old volcanic landscape in the Tablelands. We live very close to the sea and extensive areas of bush. There is one main road in and out. 

So it's important to be ready should a disaster occurs

This means:

  • Knowing the risks
  • Preparing your property before the cyclone season
  • Having an emergency plan for yourself, your family and your pets
  • Having an emergency kit with at least 3 days of supplies
  • Knowing your evacuation routes

We encourage residents and visitors to follow the Plan. Pack. Listen approach.

Plan:Make an emergency plan

Pack:Pack an emergency kit

Listen: Stay informed

Cyclones

Living in the tropics means being prepared for cyclones, floods and other emergencies. It's important to have a plan for everyone in your household. More

Storm surge

Evacuation advice during cyclones in the Cairns region is based on storm surge, not wind. Here are some ways to determine if you are in an storm surge evacuation area. More

Flooding

Flooding in Cairns can happen without there being a cyclone. Heavy rain or severe storms can cause flooding at any time of the year. More

Earthquake

Information and advice on what to do in the event of an earthquake. More

Wild fire

Wildfires do happen in the Far North. Be prepared with information and tips on what to do if a wildfire approaches. More

Tsunami

Unlike popular belief, tsunamis can impact the Far North. More

Landslide

Information and advice on what to do in a landslip. More

Plan

A cyclone, food or other disaster will hopefully never affect you. But it's best to be prepared so you know what to do if an emergency happens. More

Pack

If an emergency occurs, you need to beĀ self-sufficient for at least three days. This list will help you prepare your household emergency kit. More

Listen

Listen to your radio, follow developments on social media and check this website for information before, during and after an emergency More

Contacts

Keep yourself up to date before, during and after an emergency through radio, tv, social media and web services. More

Tools

Some handy tools to help you understand natural disasters and prepare your household and property. More

Accessible information

Preparing for Cyclone guides have been prepared in different formats and languages to ensure everyone in the Cairns area can be prepared for an emergency. More

Living With Water

The Living With Water project collects stories of flooding of the Barron River as a way of learning from experience so we can be better prepared for future flooding. More

Be ready, Cairns

The "Be Ready, Cairns - preparing for natural disasters" booklet provides information on the types of emergency situations that can affect Cairns and tips on how to be prepared. More

Disaster Coordination Centre (when the Centre is activated)

Telephone 4044 3377

Disaster Management Unit

PO Box 359
Cairns QLD 4870 Australia
Ph (07) 4044 3044
Fx (07) 4044 3830

  • More information on what the DMU does

Last updated: 27 March 2017