Staying Informed During a Disaster
Staying Informed During a Disaster
HOW TO STAY INFORMED DURING A DISASTER
In the lead up to, during and in recovery of a Tropical Storm or Cyclone, the conditions continuously change, as does the threat to life and property.
Gale force winds, intense rain, flooding and storm tide are expected in severe weather events and they can cause localised responses like power outages, road closures, phone reception and internet connection problems and contamination of drinking water for example.
The strongest advice is to stay informed so monitor the following sources so you can make informed decisions.
Weather Monitoring & Forecasts
- The Bureau of Meteorology will have a dedicated Cyclone Warning page on their website with maps tracking and predicting the path and impact areas.
- Weather Apps like Cyclone Chasers, Willy Weather, Windy, Seabreeze are useful sources
- Radio, including the North Queensland ABC and all local FM stations will make regular broadcasts
- All the free to air TV channels post regular announcement and they become more regular as the threat intensifies.
- The Volunteer Marine Rescue will make announcements on VHF 16.
For Local Impacts & Disaster Management
- Breakwater Marina will post updates via email and on their Facebook Page as regularly as is practicable including changes to the Marina’s Warning System and marina specific functions as the threat intensifies.
- The local Disaster Management Group run by the Townsville City Council is the official local source of information. Monitor their website on townsville.qld.gov.au or Facebook Page at Townsville Disaster Information. The Emergency Dashboard is a quick reference to all Emergency News, Weather Warnings, Road Conditions and Power Outrages.
- Listen out for the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) which is used at the beginning of all serious warnings. You’ll hear it ahead of emergency broadcasts on TV and Radio.
- Listen out for voice mail messages or text messages to your mobile from Australia’s national Emergency Alert.
- Emergency service personnel may come by in person to pass on warnings.
Learning more about living in North Queensland
- Living in Townsville: living-in-townsville
- Plan.Prepare.Survive > Visit Townsville City Council's Disaster Dashboard
- When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. Get Ready Queensland is a year-round program helping all Queenslanders prepare for natural disasters. Being prepared before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or putting yourself and those you love in danger. VISIT https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/
- Prepare a Household Emergency Plan: https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/plan
- What is a Cyclone, Storm Surge, and Storm Tide? Cyclone & Storm Surge Information
TCC Disaster Dashboard http://disaster.townsville.qld.gov.au/
Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au
State Emergency Service (SES) 13 25 00
Townsville Council (water/sewerage) (07) 4727 9000
Townsville Hospital (07) 4796 1111
Ergon (loss of supply & emergencies) 13 22 96
Telstra (faults) 13 22 03
Origin Energy (LPG emergency. leaks only) 1800 808 526
RACQ 1300 130 595
CONTACT BREAKWATER MARINA: Channel 10 VHF or 07 4721 2233
In the Marina:
If you experience or witness anything that’s dangerous or life threatening; in an emergency, the first call goes to ‘000’. Get the Police down as quickly as possible.
If you experience or witness anything that’s a breach of security, persistent nuisance behaviour, activity that’s potentially dangerous or could case injury, a threat to a vessel or an infrastructure failure, you’re encouraged to contact the Marina’s security provider. They have a brief of urgent and non-urgent incidents and events to respond to. Their response is largely dependant upon the circumstances but in short; anything that’s urgent and time sensitive, the security outfit is authorised to respond immediately and they’ll contact Marina Management. For reports that are less urgent in nature, the security outfit will pass the information immediately to Management and an appropriate response will be put in place.
MARINA SECURITY – phone Southern Cross Protection 24/7 on (07) 4728 7150 or 1300 136 102. This number is also posted at each of the gate-entries.
Naturally, if you experience or witness any of the above mentioned Marina related issues during hours, when marina staff are on site, then we encourage you to draw the issue to the attention of staff as soon as you possibly can.