Disaster preparations for cyclones Accommodation Association of Australia - Cyclone Preparations
   

Disaster Preparations for Cyclones

Disaster Preparations for Cyclones

 
  • Well before a cyclone hits tidy up the exterior of your property and tie down anything that may become a projectile.
  • Back up all software and computer drives.  Place in a water tight container and secure in a safe if available.
  • Ensure you have a full list of all guests staying on site and consider offering a register of emergency contacts for them.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit that is up to date, including necessities such as: Non perishable food, drinking water, medicines, torch with working batteries, a first aid kit, blankets and special requirements for infants, the elderly and pets. Pack these things in a watertight container.
  • Keep a battery operated radio handy to listen to your local radio for advice as the cyclone draws closer. Make sure it works and keep spare batteries in case of extended power outages.
  • Charge your mobile phone, make a list of emergency contacts and pack insurance papers and other important documents into a safe container.
  • Follow advice from emergency authorities or the police. If asked to evacuate, follow the instructions given to you. Plan to leave well before the cyclone is due. Take the emergency kit and dress appropriately, with strong shoes.  Ensure all guests are advised of these instructions and the actions you are taking.
  • If you are staying at the property, keep all staff and / or family members inside. Turn off electricity, gas and water. Unplug appliances.
  • Keep away from windows. Shelter in the strongest part of the accommodation which is usually the bathroom. Wrap yourself in blankets and if the building starts to break up, shelter under a table or mattress.  
  • Don’t assume it’s safe to go outside when the winds get lighter – it may be the calm eye of the cyclone. If this is the case, the winds will strengthen again and cause you harm if you are outside. Do not go outside until you have been given the all clear.
  • After a cyclone, there may be a lot of debris and damage around. Remember this can be very dangerous and it is never safe to go sightseeing.
  • Check on your neighbours.
  • Stay away from fallen powerlines and safety check all electrical appliances before use.
  • Boil water before drinking.
  • Adhere to safety advice from local authorities.
  • Relay all these instructions to any guest that may be on site as well where relevant.
 
  • Well before a cyclone hits tidy up the exterior of your property and tie down anything that may become a projectile.
  • Back up all software and computer drives.  Place in a water tight container and secure in a safe if available.
  • Ensure you have a full list of all guests staying on site and consider offering a register of emergency contacts for them.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit that is up to date, including necessities such as: Non perishable food, drinking water, medicines, torch with working batteries, a first aid kit, blankets and special requirements for infants, the elderly and pets. Pack these things in a watertight container.
  • Keep a battery operated radio handy to listen to your local radio for advice as the cyclone draws closer. Make sure it works and keep spare batteries in case of extended power outages.
  • Charge your mobile phone, make a list of emergency contacts and pack insurance papers and other important documents into a safe container.
  • Follow advice from emergency authorities or the police. If asked to evacuate, follow the instructions given to you. Plan to leave well before the cyclone is due. Take the emergency kit and dress appropriately, with strong shoes.  Ensure all guests are advised of these instructions and the actions you are taking.
  • If you are staying at the property, keep all staff and / or family members inside. Turn off electricity, gas and water. Unplug appliances.
  • Keep away from windows. Shelter in the strongest part of the accommodation which is usually the bathroom. Wrap yourself in blankets and if the building starts to break up, shelter under a table or mattress.  
  • Don’t assume it’s safe to go outside when the winds get lighter – it may be the calm eye of the cyclone. If this is the case, the winds will strengthen again and cause you harm if you are outside. Do not go outside until you have been given the all clear.
  • After a cyclone, there may be a lot of debris and damage around. Remember this can be very dangerous and it is never safe to go sightseeing.
  • Check on your neighbours.
  • Stay away from fallen powerlines and safety check all electrical appliances before use.
  • Boil water before drinking.
  • Adhere to safety advice from local authorities.
  • Relay all these instructions to any guest that may be on site as well where relevant.