Sunshine Coast still on cyclone alert tonight
  • Monday 09 March 2009

Residents are being asked to remain on alert tonight as Cyclone Hamish continues on its way down the Queensland coast.

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), which includes representatives from council and all Queensland emergency services, met this afternoon to ensure all were prepared in case the impacts of the cyclone worsened over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot urged residents to ensure they were cyclone ready.

“The biggest potential threat at this stage is flooding as rain from the cyclone activity hits our coastline,” Cr Abbot said.

“At the moment, the LDMG is constantly monitoring the cyclone path.

“In the meantime – don’t be complacent. Get out there and tie things down, clear out drains and gutters and listen to local radio stations for the latest information.”

Preparation tips for residents and visitors include:

  • Listening to regular weather and safety updates from media outlets including your local ABC Radio and on-line at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
  • Creating an emergency kit. This should contain a first aid kit, torch, battery operated radio, spare batteries, matches, waterproof bags, necessary medication, spare clothing, valuables, canned food, water supplies and timber strips, hammers and nails for temporary repairs. A list of emergency numbers for your local police, fire, ambulance, hospital, SES, Council, gas/electricity company should also be placed in this kit
  • Boarding windows, storing loose items inside, locking up pets, filling up your car with fuel and placing it under cover
  • If advised to evacuate, lock your house, take your emergency kit and follow instructions from emergency personnel.

For assistance from the SES, or to obtain sandbags and sand, contact 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies only dial triple zero (000).

For more information on current cyclone information or how to be prepared visit www.bom.gov.au/weather/cyclone or www.disaster.qld.gov.au