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Council urges preparedness during cyclone season

By David Bell

Those who live and own real estate in Rockhampton should be aware that cyclone season has arrived and residents should be prepared.

Council is warning that such weather events can produce winds with speeds of up to 200 km/h, which can cause an exorbitant amount of damage.

Given that the season will last until roughly April, the Rockhampton Regional Council is advising residents to prepare their properties for what may eventuate.

Residents were told to make sure that strong winds have a minimum impact – as a result, ensure your home has no items around it that can become a missile. Trim back trees and tie down anything that can be picked up by the gusts.

Glass is also a major danger during a cyclone, so either board up all windows or heavily tape them to protect against shattering.

Locals should also think about preparing for instances of power outages, so make ready a kit with water, food and a battery operated radio.

An evacuation plan should also be established – it will hopefully never be utilised but it's important that one is laid out for the possibility.

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