[singlepic id=455 w=320 h=240 float=left] Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is reminding everyone in Far North Queensland to be prepared for storms and cyclones ahead of this year’s wet season.

“Everyone who lives in Far North Queensland recognises it is a priority to be prepared for storms and cyclones during the summer months,” Mr Pitt said.

“There are basic tips which can be followed to ensure everyone take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their homes,” he said.

Some basic tips for cyclone preparedness include:

  • Compiling a list of family and emergency contacts
  • Prepare your home and garden
  • Prepare emergency kits for your family
  • Develop an evacuation plan
  • Brush up on First Aid skills

Mr Pitt said Far North Queenslanders are also being urged to be super vigilant when using portable generators during this summer’s storm and cyclone season.

“There are a few simple safety tips when using a portable generator that can reduce the risk of injury and property damage,” he said.
“Always run the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area to ensure poisonous carbon monoxide dissolves into the atmosphere.

“Avoid using generators near combustible materials, ensure the engine is cool before re-fuelling and always place the device at level ground.

“We urge people to be cautious when using a generator and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, or seek expert advice if in doubt.”

A booklet with tips of how to be prepared for cyclone season can be downloaded from the EMQ site: http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/cyclonetranslations.asp