Get ready for a big cyclone season
QUEENSLAND is battening down for a big cyclone season with scientists and meteorologists predicting a higher number than normal and an increased chance of one crossing the coast.
Last season tropical Cyclone Ului, at one stage a category 5, crossed the Queensland coast as a category 2 or 3 near Airlie Beach causing moderate damage, but the potential was for a major disaster.
In March, 2009 Cyclone Hamish tracked down the Queensland coast going right by us in the Gladstone region, causing massive erosion and gale-force winds.
And with the La Nina pattern in full swing it appears we may get a major hit in the 2010-2011 cyclone season.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts launched a campaign this week to help alert and educate Queenslanders, particularly those in regional and coastal areas, for the upcoming cyclone season. A series of workshops are being conducted in coming weeks.
“Planning for emergencies can help you prepare for, survive and minimise the impact of natural disasters,” Mr Roberts said.
“Strategies for evacuation and notification will be a high priority in these workshops as we continue to understand the impact preparedness has on outcomes.”
The Queensland Tropical Cyclone Coordination Committee workshops will be held in Mackay, Beenleigh, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Innisfail, Charters Towers, Gympie, Kowanyama, Charleville and St George.
Mr Roberts said a combined federal and state-funded Natural Disaster Resilience Program would also make up to $14 million available in grants for cyclone, flooding and bushfire relief.