I live in a low lying area and I don't know where to go if there is a cyclone. What should I do?

Heavy rain from cyclones can lead to localised flooding. There is also the possibility of storm tide surge inundation.

Residents in low-lying areas that could be impacted by flooding or storm tide surge should arrange to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Keep in mind that while your property may not be directly affected, flooding and storm tide surge can mean nearby roads are impassable.

Council may issue an evacuation advice if lives are at risk from storm tide surge. This is based on storm tide surge zones - red, orange and yellow - reflecting the severity of the storm tide surge.

Residents advised to evacuate from storm tide surge areas will be able to shelter at a Public Storm Tide Cyclone Shelter. These shelters are designed to save lives by accommodating as many people as possible, and therefore can be uncomfortable - there are no beds, no cooking facilities and no showers. Evacuees should also provide their own food. Residents are therefore encouraged to shelter with family or friends outside the affected area.

Residents outside the storm tide surge inundation area may be refused entry to a shelter.

If storm tide surge is not a threat, and evacuation hasn't been advised, you should stay at home, make yourself as secure as possible and keep informed via the Cairns Disaster Dashboard, ABC radio, Council's website or the Cairns Disaster Centre Facebook page.

Your home is often the safest place to shelter.

If you feel where you live is not secure, activate your household emergency plan and make your way to your pre-arranged temporary accommodation.

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Last updated: 16 June 2020