Be prepared for the wild weather ahead

PREPARING evacuation and emergency kits can save you time and stress in the event of a cyclone, storm or flood.

Your evacuation kit should include changes of clothes for your family, stored in watertight plastic bags; pillows, sleeping bags and blankets.

Valuables (prints, compact disks, USB and data cards etc) should also be stored in watertight containers to protect them. Scan and transfer valuable documents such as insurance papers for your house, contents or vehicle, banking documents, passports, marriage and birth certificates and Medicare and pension cards to name a few.

Be sure to pack extra essential medications and repeat prescriptions, extra toiletry and sanitary supplies, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo.

Emergency Kits should include items that you require during several days of disruption to essential services, power and water supplies.

Pack enough non-perishable food and water for at least three days (10 litres of water per person), can opener cutlery and cooking equipment.

A first aid kit and manual should also be included. Be sure to pack a wind-up torch or lantern, battery powered radio, a fully charged mobile phone and charger (both wall charger and car charger).

Don't forget to pack extra batteries!

A change of warm protective clothes and protective footwear is also recommended, as well as garbage bags, ties, a Stanley knife and duct tape and a basic toolkit.

Finally, keep your kit in a watertight container and store it in an easy accessible location.

Check your kits every three months to stock up and rotate supplies to ensure provisions are safe and fresh to use.

More information and helpful hints and tips on how to prepare for storm and cyclones are available on the following webpages: http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready, http://www.emergency.qld. gov.au/ses/ or http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/disaster-management.

Residents can also follow emergency updates and information on Council's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/FCRCdisaster.



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