Infrastructure can be significantly affected if a cyclone or major flooding event was to happen. Power outages can also impact the internet and mobile phone service.
Residents should therefore plan to be self-sufficient for at least three days.
Your household emergency kit should include items to assist you if there are electricity or water supply problems.
- Battery operated radio and spare batteries so you can stay informed
- Battery powered torch and spare batteries
- Power banks for mobile phones and other devices
- 3 litres of drinkable water per person, per day, (extra if you have pets), in sealed containers
If a "Boil Water Notice" has been issued, boil tap water for at least one minute.
Unplug electrical equipment such as TVs and computers to avoid damage caused by power surges.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed so food will stay cool without power for several hours.
Switch off power at the switchboard if any wire is short-circuiting or if there is water in the ceiling.
Use the Cairns Disaster Dashboard for updates on road closures, Ergon and Telstra outages, and information about water supply.