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Rockhampton Braces for Cyclone Kirrily: Preparedness Measures Urged

Rockhampton Braces for Cyclone Kirrily: Preparedness Measures Urged
Image courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology

Unprecedented Cyclone Threat

Rockhampton faces an unprecedented weather challenge as the Tropical low in the Coral Sea threatens to transform into Cyclone Kirrily, set to make landfall North of Mackay.

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), led by Mayor Tony Williams, has activated the alert, closely monitoring the evolving situation.

Community Urged to Act

Acknowledging the unpredictability of natural disasters, Mayor Williams emphasises the need for vigilance.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts Cyclone Kirrily’s formation overnight, with a likely impact on Rockhampton Region by the end of the week.

The potential for flash flooding or riverine flooding looms large, prompting urgent calls for community preparedness.

Proactive Measures Underway

With the LDMG on high alert, the Council is collaborating with various agencies to brace for the impending weather impacts. 

Residents are advised to commence home preparations. The availability of sandbagging stations is under consideration, ensuring the community has the necessary tools to protect their homes.

Unique Challenges Amidst a Heatwave

Complicating matters further is a low-intensity heatwave gripping the region.

Mayor Williams encourages residents to check on vulnerable members of the community, particularly the elderly.

Amidst these dual challenges, protecting pets and ensuring access to shade and water is paramount.

Five Steps to Preparedness

The community is urged to follow a five-step preparedness guide:

  1. Understand Your Risks: Know the potential hazards.
  2. Prepare an Emergency Plan: Have a detailed strategy in place.
  3. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Essential Items for Unexpected Situations.
  4. Prepare Your Home: Implement measures to safeguard your property.
  5. Protect Your Pet: Ensure your furry companions are accounted for.

United Against the Elements

As Rockhampton navigates the imminent threat of Cyclone Kirrily, the community’s united response, proactive measures, and preparedness will be crucial.

Stay informed through the Council’s Emergency Dashboard and act responsibly, ensuring the safety of loved ones, homes, and pets.