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WEDNESDAY, October 30, 2013. Sun Newspapers 7 Find out more on page 3, the back cover or go to bunnings.com.au Well help you prepare for cyclone season KATE, TEAM MEMBER B B N T 3 2 3 8 Its smart to prepare for emergency IT isnt hard to plan for a cyclone, but leaving everything to the last minute will create unnecessary headaches for you and your family. Stores run out of batteries, queues at petrol stations will go round the block and theres a risk some family members wont be clear on what to do if a cyclone arrives. Thinking ahead may actually save your life, so here are a few tips to help you create a household cyclone plan: n Have your emergency cyclone kit ready. It needs to sustain every person in your household for at least 72 hours n Find out whether your property could be affected by a storm tide or surge (see emergency.nt.gov.au for storm surge area maps) n Plan where your family will shelter either by leaving Darwin, sheltering in your coded home or with friends in their coded home. Public shelters and some underground car parks are also good options n Pets are only allowed in the designated underground car parks and not in public shelters, so remember to plan for their safety n If you plan to go to a public shelter, prepare your house and decide on the route you will take n If you plan to leave town, leave early and be prepared to stay away for several days. Ensure you have sufficient food and water to sustain your family. n If there is a chance your family may be separated during a cyclone, include details of how to contact each other or agree on a meeting place in your emergency plan n Arrange an out-of-town friend or relative to be a single point of contact. Make a list of what you need to take along if youre evacuated and keep it with your emergency plan n Dont leave your decisions to the last moment n If you have your own transport, remember to fill up with fuel as early as possible Other things to keep in mind are: n Speak to your neighbours and tell each other what your plans are n If you or anyone else in your house requires medication, ensure you or they are well-stocked beforehand n Homeowners, especially those living along the foreshore, should install proper storm shutters on all doors and windows n Keep enough cash on you for necessities, including change for pay phones n Beware of the calm eye of the storm and dont go outside until advised it is safe to do so n Check you have adequate household and/or contents insurance and that policies cover natural disasters n Know how to turn off your power, gas and water supplies before an emergency event Dont leave it until its too late or the supermarket shelves will be bare. A first aid kit should be an essential part of every households emergency kit Stock up your cyclone kit early DONT be one of the hundreds of people vying for the last torch at the hardware store when a cyclone heads to Darwin. Save yourself from stress and the possibility of missing out by preparing your cyclone kit before the cyclone season starts. Keep in mind that power may go out, conditions may bewet and shops are likely to be shut. And remember that small comforts like a hot cup of coffee can help calm the nerves during a cyclone but damage from the storm could affect the quality of tap water and it could be days before power and normality are restored. ESSENTIAL NON-FOOD ITEMS l A torch, preferably waterproof with plenty of batteries, candles and waterproof matches l A portable radio and plenty of batteries l Blankets or sleeping bags l Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables etc) l 10 litres-plus of water per person l A First Aid kit, First Aid manual and combination pocket knife l Masking tape l Portable stove, cooking gear, utensils l Fuel for your car l Special needs for infants, the elderly and disabled l Medications, toiletries and any sanitary supplies you may need l Spare change of clothes l Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports, licences, etc) l Books, playing cards or games l Money, including change for phone calls l A copy of your household plan l Pet supplies FIVE-DAY CYCLONE PANTRY The following will feed two people for five days. This list is a suggestion only and you may vary it according to your familys preference and budget. Remember all non-tinned food should be stored in air-tight and waterproof containers. Authorities do not allow cooking equipment to be taken into public shelters. l 1 box of breakfast cereal l 2 packets of crispbread l 1 packet of rice l 10 packets of instant pasta/noodles l 5 tins of fruit l 1 packet of dried fruit/nuts l 12 x 250ml boxed fruit juices l 4 cans of vegetables l 1 large packet of dried potato powder l 10 cans of meat and vegetables l 2 cans of fish l 5 cans of baked beans/three-bean l 1kg milk powder or 8 x 1 litre long-life milk l 1 box of tea bags l 1 jar coffee l 1 can Milo l 4 boxes/cans of instant soup l 1 jar peanut butter/jam/honey/ Vegemite
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