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Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging residents to view the video available on Council’s website which provides vital information for visitors and residents of the Whitsunday region about the use of the cyclone shelters located in Bowen & Proserpine.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Council was the first Council in Queensland to make available a video informing the public about cyclone shelters.
“Cyclone shelters were built in Bowen and Proserpine as sheltering options for the local community following Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2011,” Mayor said.
“The video outlines that it is important for people to understand that the safest and most comfortable place for most people during a severe weather event is to shelter in place at their home,” she said.
“People should consider other shelter options if their home is located in a storm surge evacuation zone, their home is built prior to 1982 or in poor condition, or if they live alone or have special needs,”
“Sheltering with friends or family in higher places is a good option, as you will be more comfortable and may be able to take your pets with you,”
“The video explains that the last option available to people if they have exhausted all their shelter options and are unable to leave the warning area is sheltering at one of the public cyclone shelters.”
There are two public cyclone shelters in the Whitsunday region, one located at Bowen State High School, Richmond Road, Bowen and the other located at Proserpine State School, Sterry Street Proserpine.
Some important points to remember about the public cyclone shelters:
• They will only be opened for Severe Tropical Cyclones; this is a category 3, 4 or 5 cyclone• They provide short-term shelter for up to 18 hours for a maximum of 800 people• Chairs will be available but there is no room for mattresses or stretchers• Not pets or animals are allowed• Personal baggage is limited to a small backpack which can fit under a chair• You must be self-sufficient and bring your own food and medicine
Council would like to thank local disaster management company QIT Plus who assisted in the production of the video.
The cyclone shelter video can be viewed in the disaster section of Council's website.