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Cyclone advice: what you should do now

THE first thing every resident in the cyclone pathway needs to do now is remove all loose items that could be carried by heavy winds, Gladstone SES member Brian Pitt says.

"Everyone seems to forget about their wheelie bins, but rubbish can easily be lifted and spread," Mr Pitt said.

"Put your wheelie bins in the garage, or at least a sheltered or covered area.

"At the moment in Gladstone, there are a lot of residents and households who have never experienced a cyclone before.

"I ask that everyone check on their neighbours and make sure they have a plan in place, especially if you have elderly neighbours, or someone unlikely to make their own preparations.

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"If you have a pool, it is important to place pool furniture in the pool. Make sure your pets are inside, or at least not exposed to the weather.

"Fill your prescriptions in advance. Chemists may not receive stock for a few days to even a week, so it is imperative that any medication required is in supply in advance.

"Clean your gutters out, ensure you have essential supplies such as a torch, batteries and a radio."

If you are flood or storm affected, call the SES on 132 500. This number will direct you to your local branch and will be able to provide assistance.

Sandbags are available for purchase at Bunnings.

And remember; if it's flooded - forget it.

Make sure your pets are safe

PET owners have been reminded to take care of their animals during the predicted wild weather.

During times of threatening weather, it is common for animals to wander from their homes.

In these cases, registered and microchipped animals stand a much better chance of being reunited with their families.

RSPCA's Daniel Young implored owners to ensure animals have adequate shelter, food and water.

Get the boat ready

CHECK your boat is watertight in case the worst should happen, Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk says.

"Secure your vessel with suitable lines, stow loose articles below deck, close hatches and reduce wind loading by removing furled sails, covers, bimini tops and any clears," he said.

"It is vitally important to have identified sheltered areas or inlets and have options to move your boat."

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