Proactively prepare for the cyclone season with the help of mobile-ready app
What is a Tropical Cyclone?
A tropical cyclone is a low-pressure system which develops in the tropics, and produces sustained gale force winds of at least 63km/h. In other parts of the world they are known as hurricanes or typhoons. Tropical cyclones produce destructive winds and heavy rainfall which can lead to flooding.
Best Practices to Perform Before, During, and After Cyclone Season
In Australia, tropical cyclone season runs from November-April. Below are the best practices you can follow:
Before the cyclone season
- Trim trees and branches around the yard
- Check that the walls, roofs and eaves of your home are secure
- Clear your property of any loose items
- Prepare and maintain an emergency kit
Preparing for a cyclone
Cyclone watches are issued when cyclonic winds are expected in 24-48 hours. Use this time to prepare your home, securing loose items or moving them indoors. When the cyclone strikes:
- Disconnect all electrical appliances. Listen to your battery radio for updates.
- Stay inside and shelter (well clear of windows) in the strongest part of the building, i.e. cellar, internal hallway or bathroom.
- Keep evacuation and emergency kits with you.
- 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. a water pipe.
- Beware 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 (handbrake on and in gear) – but well away from the sea and clear of trees, power lines, and streams. Stay in the vehicle.
After the cyclone
- Don’t go outside until officially advised it is safe.
- Check for gas leaks. Don’t use electric appliances if wet.
- Listen to local radio for official warnings and advice.
- If you have to evacuate or did so earlier, don’t return until advised. Use a recommended route and don’t rush.
- Beware of damaged power lines, bridges, buildings, trees, and don’t enter floodwaters.
- Heed all warnings and don’t go sightseeing. Check/help neighbors instead.
- Don’t make unnecessary telephone calls.
Be prepared for cyclone season by preparing an emergency kit and securing your home and property with these free checklists. Download the free iAuditor app and keep your family and home safe with these cyclone preparation checklists.
Featured Cyclone Checklists
Cyclone Preparation Checklist
by Queensland Government