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There is currently nine (9) storm tide warning location points within the Whitsunday Region which include Molongle Creek, Abbot Point, Bowen, Brisk Bay, Dingo Beach, Airlie Beach, Conway Beach, Hayman Island and Hamilton Island.
Storm tide risk has been mapped across the Whitsunday Region from Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) level, also referred to as King Tide Level, to approximately 6.25m HAT.
- Your evacuation route may be at risk from storm tide, even though your property is high - Evacuation maps include higher elevated land to include the low frequency events, more intense cyclones and sea level rise - You live in a coastal town with limited local emergency services and resources where evacuation for severe cyclone events may be recommended or necessary
1. Prepare an Evacuation Plan; identify your primary evacuation route and alternative evacuation routes.
2. Prepare an Evacuation Kit and Emergency Kit.
3. Consider and identify your evacuation and shelter options, these may include: - Going to friends / family / accommodation premises in a higher and safer place. - Leaving / evacuating the cyclone warning area entirely. - Public Cyclone Shelters (last resort and only if open) are located in Bowen and Proserpine
These have capacity limits and are generally only open for Severe (Category 3, 4 or 5) Tropical Cyclone events. Refer to the Cyclone Shelter Page for more information.
- Shelter inside house (highest and safest part), if too late or unable to evacuate.
4. Tune into warnings, authorities will advise which colour zones need to evacuate.
The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group in close consultation with the Mackay District Disaster Management Group will recommend voluntary evacuation of exposed evacuation zoned.
A directed evacuation may be ordered by the Mackay District Disaster Coordinator (high ranking Police Officer). This decision is made in close consultation with the WDMG.
If you are in a zone that is directed to evacuate, you must evacuate. Directed evacuations are ordered for colour zones when there is a threat to life and / or property so it is vitally important to your safety that you evacuate if directed.
- Sea level continues to rise - More intense cyclones
Both these outcomes will result in worse storm tide events. The frequency of cyclones however is expected to decrease.