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Put safety first in wake of Ex-TC Oswald

22/01/2013

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is urging residents to put their safety first after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald crossed the coast near Kowanyama around 1.00am.

EMQ is reminding residents that significant wind, rain and storm tides are expected throughout the day and the time immediately after a cyclone is often just as dangerous as the initial event itself.

Many hazards and dangers can be present around damaged structures and residents are urged to take the proper precautions to prevent injuries around impacted areas.

Now that the cyclone has passed residents in the affected areas are urged to adhere to the following:
Listen to your local radio and remain indoors until advised;
If you are told to return to your home, do so using the recommended routes only;
Do not go sightseeing;
Check on your neighbours if necessary;
Do not use electrical appliances which have been wet until they are checked for safety;
Boil or purify your water until supplies are declared safe;
Stay away from damaged powerlines, fallen trees and flood water; and
If your home has become uninhabitable due to cyclone damage, contact your local council to identify where you can seek further assistance.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) has not been called to any swift water rescues overnight and is reminding residents If its flooded, forget it.

EMQ is also reminding residents to take road closures seriously and to not risk driving through flooded road ways.

Residents requiring SES assistance are reminded to ring 132500 and in a life threatening emergency ring Triple Zero (000). In some cases, the SES may not have immediate access to properties isolated by wind damage and flooding and it may take some time for SES crews to reach isolated residents.

If this is the case for your family, please use your emergency provisions as best you can to meet your families needs whilst crews work on restoring access to reach you.



Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.


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