Community | 23rd October, 2014

Be ready to avoid disaster

The cyclone season officially arrives next week and Townsville City Council is urging residents to be prepared.
The council, with sponsorship from Townsville based insect repellent brand RID, is running a disaster readiness day dubbed Cyclone Sunday at Strand Park on November 2.
“There are key task that every home and business in Townsville should tick off at the start of each cyclone season and there will be a comprehensive checklist available at Cyclone Sunday,” Mayor Jenny Hill said.
“Being prepared to survive a cyclone is critical in our community and being prepared for the aftermath of a disaster event is also important.  Each wet season, we are faced with an emergency of mosquito breeding, due to heavy rain and coastal flooding.”
RID in particular, is keen to highlight the risks of dengue fever that can spring up in the wake of tropical storms.
“It’s important to us to help educate our community with the benefits of repellent, being just one simple step that assist in the prevention of dengue with the summer storm season upon us,” a spokesperson said.

Source:  Townsville Bulletin 24th October, 2014
Story by: Harry Brumpton Picture by: Shae Beplate

Photo: Libby Beaton 8, Bailey Wintour 6, Holly Letter 8 and Jessie Wintour 8 are ready for Cyclone Sunday.