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Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is asking local residents who live in the Red Zone for storm tide evacuation to be prepared to leave by Sunday afternoon.
The approach of Tropical Cyclone Debbie off the north Queensland coast is likely to cause the highest tide of the year on Monday or Tuesday morning, leading to the potential inundation of properties within the Red Zone.
Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said all coastal residents should finalise their cyclone preparations and be ready to leave by Sunday afternoon.
“At this stage evacuation of the Red Zone is very likely and evacuation of the Orange Zone is possible,” he said this morning.
“If you are in these zones we recommend you seek friends or accommodation in higher or safer buildings, or leave the cyclone watch area entirely.”
“All Whitsunday residents are reminded to stock your emergency kits with all the essentials, assess your evacuation options if needed, fill your cars with petrol and get cash out of the bank.”
For tips on how to prepare for a Cyclone, please visit Council’s website to view our Emergency Action Guide - http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/emergency-action-guide
The Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre has now been activated and the 1300 972 006 number will be monitored this Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 5pm.
If residents are looking for sandbags to secure their property, visit the local SES group at the following locations:
• Proserpine – 43-45 Hinschen Street, Proserpine• Cannonvale – 22 Schnapper Street, Cannonvale• Bowen SES Shed – 67 Herbert Street, Bowen
For all the latest up to date information, follow the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/WhitsundayDisasterandEmergencyInformation/
Evacuation (Storm Tide) Maps can be viewed here http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/522/Evacuation-Storm-Tide
Cyclone Shelter information video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuZmazJ1Lhc&feature=youtu.be
Pets in an Emergency http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/en_US/pets-in-an-emergency