Upon a cyclone warning:-
· Listen constantly to radio/TV for further warnings and advice.
· Batten down house, secure doors, board or tape windows. Paper pasted on windows with glue made from flour or starch is also effective. Store loose articles inside, place documents, photos, valuables and clothing in plastic bags.
· Lock up pets, fill water containers, fuel car and place under cover. Then remain indoors
· Prepare an EVACUATION KIT (carry in small bags). This consists of your emergency kit plus warm utility clothing (jeans, skivvies, etc.), personal essentials and valuables in plastic bags.
On warning of a local evacuation
· Lock up dwelling, switch off electricity, gas, water, etc. Take your evacuation kit.
· Wear strong clothing to protect against cuts from debris. Wear strong footwear (not thongs) for protection.
· Follow advice given.
· Heed warnings--they are not given lightly!
When the cyclone strikes
· Keep calm, stay inside--heed warnings and advice.
· Shelter in strongest part of house--perhaps bathroom, internal toilet, or passage way.
· If house starts to break up, protect yourself with mattress, rugs or blankets. Anchor yourself to strong fixture (such as water pipes) or get under a strong table or bed.
· Beware the calm "eye": Don't assume the cyclone is over--if a calm period is due to the "eye", violent winds will soon resume from the opposite direction.
After the cyclone
· Don't go outside until advised officially that the cyclone has passed.
· Listen to your radio.
· If you had to evacuate, don't go home until advised. Use route recommended and stay calm.
· Don't make unnecessary telephone calls.
· Beware of fallen power lines, damaged buildings and trees, and flooded water courses.
· Don't go sight-seeing.
· Above all, DON'T IGNORE WARNINGS!