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Build Up has come early, that’s for sure…and that means it’s time to prepare for the Wet and the possibility of Cyclones!

By Korgan Hucent

If you thought the ever-increasing humidity we’ve experienced lately was just a figment of your imagination, think again!  The humidity absolutely has been on the rise and the air-cons are back on again, particularly to ensure a good night sleep of an evening.  That’s definitely the consensus here at Ray White Bayside.  Even just quickly ducking out of the office and back in again reminds us of just how sticky and muggy it’s starting to get.

Cyclone season officially kicks off on 1 November and goes right through until 30 April, but now is the time to prepare.

So, without any further ado, here are some tips as recommended by emergency services, to help you prepare for the Wet and the possibility of a cyclone:

  • Trim the trees and bushes in your garden: You may need to obtain council permission to do this, depending on the height of your trees, or you may opt to leave to a capable professional.  The idea is to ensure trees and any branches are well clear of your home.
  • Get rid of any loose material in your garden: Any old furniture or unused outdoor toys, etc. must go because they can easily become dangerous projectiles during a significant storm or cyclone.  Any loose fence palings or unsecured garden tools will also pose a risk, so ensure any repairs are completed and rubbish removed prior to the season starting.
  • Familiarise yourself with local evacuation centres and nearest safe high ground, and the quickest and safest route to them: You can access a list of the locations right here: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/Emergency-Service/Public-safety-advice/Shelters-in-the-NT.aspx.
  • Prepare an emergency kit: This kit needs to be able to sustain everybody in your household for at least 72 hours.  Find out what your emergency kit must include by visiting: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/Emergency-Service/Public-safety-advice/Cyclones.aspx

By following these top tips, as recommended by local authorities here in the Northern Territory, you’ll be doing your bit to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a tidal surge, serious storm or cyclone.  Be sure to be cyclone read in time for the Wet!

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