Sandbags and fill can be purchased from most major hardware stores.
Council makes bags, sand and scoops for people to make their own sandbags available at its transfer stations in the lead-up to the storm season. These coincide with the annual free green waste drop-off.
A quick and practical alternative is filling plastic shopping bags with soil from your yard.
In the days before a cyclone, sandbags may be available at SES depots or Council's waste transfer stations. Announcements will be made via this website, the Cairns Disaster Dashboard, the Cairns Disaster Centre Facebook page, Council's Facebook page and local media.