Be prepared Be prepared - Northern Territory Police, Fire and

Be prepared Be prepared - Northern Territory Police, Fire and
Be prepared
for the wet season
Step 1 - Prepare your emergency plan
Step 2 - Prepare your EMERGENCY KIT
Step 3 - Prepare your home
Step 4 - Know the warning services
Safety Advice - Severe Storm
Safety Advice - Cyclone
Safety Advice - DURING A Cyclone
Safety Advice - Storm Surge
Household emergency plan
Prepare your emergency plan
• The Top End is affected by severe storm, cyclone and
storm surge
• Make a plan
• Preparation is the key
Plan ahead to help reduce
the risk of injury and
damage to yourself,
family and property.
Develop your emergency plan
Include the entire household and children. Make sure you discuss:
plans for when your household members will and will not
be home
workplace, school or apartment plans that may impact
members of your household – how will you stay in touch
if you’re separated and where you will meet
what you will do to reduce damage to your home or
contents. Make sure you have adequate insurance
how and where:
- you turn off power, gas and water supplies
- valuables and important documents are stored
- your household emergency kit is stored
your emergency telephone list
what role each family member will take during an emergency
what arrangements you will make for your pets to ensure
they are safe with food and water
know where you will shelter or where to go if you need
to self-evacuate
Be prepared! Complete the emergency plan at the back of
this guide to keep on the fridge or download a copy from
How to be “mobile phone prepared”
1.Receive free SMS Severe Weather Alerts tailored
for your postcode -
2.Save important phone numbers to your phone
3.Prepare a family contact sheet
4.Download informative smartphone apps
a. DisasterWatch
b. SecureNT
c. Before the Storm - interactive
game great for children and adults
5.Keep charged batteries and car-phone
chargers in your emergency kit
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Step 1 - Prepare your emergency plan
Prepare your EMERGENCY KIT
• You may be alone for up to 3 days
• Ensure your kit will sustain you and your household
Prepare for disruption to power and water supplies,
unreliable communication methods, injury and
dangerous elements.
emergency kit CHECKLIST
Battery-operated radio with spare batteries
Torch with spare batteries, candles and
waterproof matches
Three days of non-perishable foods
and a can opener
10 litres of bottled water per person
First aid kit and manual with any
essential medicines
A change of warm clothes for each person
and closed-in shoes
Blankets or sleeping bags
Toilet paper and essential toiletries,
including sunscreen and insect repellent
Special needs for infants, the aged
and people with disabilities
Money, including change for phone calls
Important documents (birth & marriage
certificates, driver’s licence, passports,
insurance policies and photos)
Sealable waterproof bags
Mobile phone, spare battery and charger
Extra car and house keys
A copy of your household plan
Pet supplies
Portable cooker (if using gas remember
to have spare canisters or bottles)
Cooking and eating utensils
Tips for kits
Store your kit in an easy to reach, dry spot
Every member of your house knows where the kit is stored
Check the contents of your kit at least once a year to ensure
items still work and consumables have are not past their
use-by date – batteries, water and non-perishables
will perish over a period of time
An emergency kit can also double as a camping kit –
stock your kit at the beginning of the wet season and
use it in the dry each year
Step 2 - Prepare your EMERGENCY KIT
Prepare your home
• Prepare for severe storm, cyclone and storm surge
• Buildings deteriorate unless they are properly maintained
• Prepare your home for the worst
Prepare your home by following some of the
suggestions listed below.
Maintaining your house and apartment
Check with a building practitioner to see if your home has
been built to cyclone code
Check that the walls, roof and eaves of your home are secure
Trim treetops and branches well clear of your home
(with council permission)
Fit shutters or metal screens to windows
Clear your property and balcony of loose material that
could cause injury or damage during extreme winds
Check for signs of corrosion, rotten timber, termite attacks
or loose fixings
Arrange for a qualified practitioner such as a building certifier,
structural engineer, architect or builder to inspect your home,
specifically roof, gable end walls, doors & windows, garage
doors, roof eaves, leaks and house attachments
No loose guttering
Secure roof tiles
No unsecured items
around your home
Trimmed branches
Window shutters installed
Preparing your shelter
Identify the strongest room in your house to shelter,
e.g. bathroom, internal laundry, hallway, closed storage
rooms, etc. This is generally the smallest room with little
or no windows
Turn off the electricity, gas and water at the mains
Secure outdoor furniture, garden items, caravans and boats
Close and lock all windows and doors
Follow your household emergency plan
Have your emergency kit ready in your shelter area
Pack away loose household items in cupboards and secure
cupboard doors if possible
Pack and water-proof your valuables, electrical equipment, etc.
Have some activities available for children, e.g. deck of cards
Warning: Never use portable
generators indoors or in
enclosed spaces
Step 3 - Prepare your home
Know the warning services
• Listen for official warnings and advice
• Follow instructions of emergency services
When warnings occur, you should finalise your
preparations, activate your emergency plan
and follow any advice issued by the Northern
Territory Government.
The Bureau of Meteorology issues the following tropical
cyclone services:
Tropical Cyclone OUTLOOK
• risk of cyclone formation within the next three days
Tropical Cyclone WATCH
• gales expected in 24-48 hours; forecast updates every 6 hours
Tropical Cyclone WARNING
• gales expected within 24 hours; forecast updates at least
every 3 hours
Log on
Weather and Warnings
Information on emergency situations in
the NT -
Northern Territory Emergency Service
Update or take out an insurance policy
Free severe
weather alerts register for SMS,
email or voice
alerts at
NT Tropical Cyclone Information
Service (Bureau of Meteorology) 1300 659 211
NT Marine and Land Weather
Warnings (Bureau of Meteorology) 1300 659 214
Australian Tsunami Threat Information 1300 878 6264 (1300 TSUNAMI)
NTES emergency help in floods, storms
and cyclones - 132 500
Tune In
ABC Darwin 105.7 FM
(official emergency
Or find your local
ABC frequency
Listen Out
• For local community safety announcements
• For Emergency Alert messages sent to your phone
• For the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).
SEWS is a distinct audio signal that has been adopted to
alert the community to the broadcast of an urgent safety
message relating to a major emergency/disaster. It is
intended for use on public media (such as radio, television,
public address systems, mobile sirens), to draw attention
to an emergency warning.
Within the Northern Territory, you can expect to hear SEWS
before a cyclone advice when the cyclone is approximately
6-12 hours away and is still expected to impact your area.
When you hear SEWS ensure that you stop and listen.
Be prepared.
Step 4 - Know the warning services
Severe Storm
• On average, storms are responsible for more damage as
measured by insurance costs than floods and bushfires
• Be prepared
Severe storms can occur anywhere in the Territory
and do so much more frequently than any other
major natural hazard.
Storms are dangerous; each year, between five to ten deaths
are caused by lightning strikes across Australia. Deaths also
occur when strong winds cause tree limbs to fall, debris to
become projectiles and small boats in open water to capsize.
How do I prepare for severe storms?
1.Prepare your emergency plan
2.Prepare your emergency kit
3.Prepare your home and make sure you have
adequate insurance
4.Log on, call up, tune in and listen out to warnings
When a severe storm threatens
Listen to your local radio station for storm warnings
Shelter and secure pets and animals
Secure outdoor furniture, garden items, caravans and boats
Park vehicles under solid shelter
Secure all external doors and windows
Disconnect electrical devices
Identify the shelter area inside your home
When a severe storm strikes
Activate your household emergency plan
Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors
and skylights
Listen to your portable radio for severe storm warning updates
If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter (not a tree) and
stay out of water
If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines and streams
Don’t use a landline telephone during a
severe storm due to lightning
Avoid touching brick or concrete, or
standing bare-foot on concrete
or tiled floors
Safety Advice - Severe Storm
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• On average 2 to 3 cyclones affect the Top End each year
• Prepare for cyclone season between November and May
• Gales can extend hundreds of kilometres from the
cyclone centre
Cyclones can produce destructive winds and heavy
rainfall with flooding and storm surges. This can
cause extensive damage to property and turn
debris into dangerous missiles.
They are very erratic making their path difficult to predict
and can last for a few days or up to two or three weeks.
How do I prepare for the cyclone season?
1.Prepare your emergency plan
2.Prepare your emergency kit
3.Prepare your home and make sure you have
adequate insurance.
4.Log on, call up, tune in and listen out to warnings
What do I do when a cyclone watch is issued?
Re-check your property for any loose material and tie
down (or fill with water) any large or relatively light
items such as boats and rubbish bins
Fill your vehicles’ fuel tanks and jerry cans with fuel
Check your emergency kit and fill any water containers
you may have
Ensure household members know what the strongest part
of the house is and what to do in the event of a cyclone
warning or evacuation
Tune in to your local radio and/or television stations for
further information and warnings
Check neighbours are aware of the situation and are preparing
Manually use the tracking map to show the projected path of the
cyclone by using the coordinates announced on radio. The map can
be downloaded from
Daly River Mouth
Cape Keerweer
What do I do when a cyclone warning
is issued?
Activate your household emergency plan and finalise your
emergency kit
Collect children from school or childcare centres and go home
 Park vehicles under solid shelter (handbrake on and in gear)
Secure outdoor furniture, garden items, caravans and boats.
Loose items may be locked inside
Close shutters and board or block all windows
Draw curtains and secure all external doors and windows
Shelter and secure pets and animals
Stay tuned to your local radio/television for further information
Safety Advice - Cyclone
Cyclone shelter options for residents in
Darwin and the greater Darwin region
1. Sheltering in your home
Stay at home if your house is built to code, well maintained
and is outside of the storm surge/flood prone areas of Darwin.
If your house is not to code, you should consider sheltering
with family or friends who have a house built to code.
2. Self-evacuation by road
If you choose to evacuate, you should leave early. Evacuate
well before strong winds affect your area, allow time to secure
and protect your property, activate your household emergency
plan, pack your emergency kit and advise friends of plans.
3. Cyclone shelters
Shelters are provided for residents who are at risk from storm
surge, live in caravan parks or other non-coded homes.
Points to remember with shelters:
shelters have a limited capacity and do not guarantee
safety in all circumstances
make sure the shelter allows animals
they are mainly staffed by voluntary personnel with a
police and medical presence
they do not provide meals or special baby needs
they might become welfare assembly centres after the cyclone
they are used at your own risk – the Northern Territory
Government accepts no liability for any loss, injury or death
arising from the use by the public during a cyclone
only go to an emergency shelter when officially advised
over radio or television and remember to take your
emergency kit with you!
For the location or map of emergency shelters and
underground car parks within the Darwin and the greater
Darwin region please refer to
What do I do when the cyclone strikes?
Turn off power, gas and water supplies. Disconnect all
electrical appliances
Stay inside your shelter area in the strongest part of your home
Listen to your portable radio for cyclone updates
If the building starts to break up, protect yourself with
mattresses, rugs or blankets under a strong table or bench
or hold onto a solid fixture, e.g. water pipe
Beware of the calm ‘eye’. If the wind drops, don’t
assume the cyclone is over; violent winds will soon resume
from another direction. Wait for the official ‘all clear’
If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines and streams
What do I do after the cyclone?
Listen to the local radio for official warnings and advice
Don’t go outside until advised officially that it is safe. If you
need to go outside, beware of fallen power lines, damaged
buildings and trees, and flooded water courses
Check for gas leaks and don’t use electrical appliances if wet
If you had to evacuate, don’t go home until advised.
Use the route recommended and stay calm
Don’t ignore warnings and don’t go sightseeing,
stay where you are if it's safe
Check on neighbours, render assistance if necessary
Don’t make unnecessary telephone calls
Safety Advice - DURING A CYCLONE
Storm Surge
• As a cyclone nears the coast, sea levels can rise
• The peak storm surge level can occur several hours
prior to a cyclone
Breaking waves on top of the surge act like a giant
bulldozer, sweeping everything in its path.
The worst impacts occur when the storm surge/tide arrives
on top of a high tide, as it can reach areas that may have
otherwise been safe.
People who live in low lying coastal areas need to be aware
of storm surge dangers and be prepared to evacuate to higher
ground when advised by emergency management authorities.
Who could storm surge affect in Darwin?
As it is very difficult to predict the time and location a
threatening cyclone will hit land. To minimise the chance of
people being trapped, instructions to evacuate may be issued
before the cyclone for people in a possible storm surge area.
What to do!
For people living in areas of risk, you should:
be aware that you may be subject to the flooding and
wave action caused by storm surge. Make
sure you have adequate insurance
be prepared to evacuate and move to shelter in a higher
area at short notice
listen to warnings, advice and instructions broadcast by
the emergency management authorities via radio and
television if a storm surge is expected to occur
plan well ahead for the action you will be required to take
in such an event
Checklist for residents evacuating areas
at risk
Could your property be affected by storm surge?
Know where to shelter on higher ground
and plan your evacuation route
Have fuel in your vehicle
Follow the advice broadcasted
by emergency management
Safety Advice - Storm Surge
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Household emergency plan
Emergency only - 000
NTES assistance – 132 500
Police assistance – 131 444
Be prepared – complete this plan with all members
of your household and keep it on your fridge.
1. If we cannot make it home or contact each other we
will meet or leave a message at:
2. An out of town person that our family can contact if we
lose contact with each other:
Contact details:
3. The person responsible for collecting the children
from school:
Contact details:
4. The person responsible for checking and replenishing
the emergency kit:
5. In an emergency we will remain in our home, unless
advised otherwise. We will need to prepare to look after
ourselves for three days or more. In an emergency we will:
4Secure our home
4Collect our emergency survival items for our Emergency Kit
4Place all valuables for our Emergency Kit into leak proof
plastic bags or containers
4Listen to the radio for advice and information
6. If we have to evacuate our home we will:
4Take our Emergency Kit and important documents with us
4Turn off water, electricity and gas (always seek professional
advice before reconnecting)
7. Neighbours that may need our help or can help us:
Contact details:
Contact details:
8. A plan of our house showing:
• Places to shelter
• Exits
• Assembly area
• Where to turn off water, gas and electricity
Household emergency plan
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