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Life Threatening Emergencies
Telephone Triple Zero (000)
For life threatening, critical or serious situations only. When to call the 132 500 number (flood and storm emergency assistance) Damaged roof, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings, storm damage Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads on www.1319940.qld.gov.au or Telephone 1300 130 595 for 24-hour state-wide road reports.
State Emergency Service (SES)
Power Supply/OutagesTelephone Ergon Energy on 13 16 70 for dangerous situations and /or downed power lines.
Road Conditions and Closures
When to call the 132 500 number (flood and storm emergency assistance)
Damaged roof, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings, storm damage
Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads on www.1319940.qld.gov.au or Telephone 1300 130 595 for 24-hour state-wide road reports.
The size and the remoteness of Cook Shire and its exposure to potential serious weather events ensures that Council understands its need to be diligent, vigilant and well prepared for a wide range of disaster events. A Local Disaster Management Group meets regularly to develop effective disaster management planning and capability.
Disaster Management Plan
During a cyclone watch/alert and recovery phase, you can log on to the Council's Facebook Page for information. Council staff will maintain this site, posting updates and answering community enquiries as resources allow.
Cyclone Shelter / Places of Refuge / Evacuation and Recovery Centre
The only Cyclone Shelter in Cook Shire is the Cooktown Events Centre. You can go there during a cyclone. The facilities will be basic, but you will be safe from the effects of the cyclone.
What’s the difference between a Cyclone Shelter and Evacuation Centre?
Put simply, Cyclone Shelters and Places of Refuge offer a safe place during a cyclone. Evacuation/Recovery Centres offer services after a cyclone.
A Place of Refuge is a building within the community which is not Cyclone Shelter rated but will offer a degree of protection. These buildings are located in Laura, Lakeland, Rossville, Bloomfield, Coen and Portland Roads. There is no guarantee that these buildings will survive a direct impact from a severe cyclone but people may choose this as a better option than remaining in their own home.
Evacuation Centres are open after the cyclone to provide food, clothing and somewhere to stay if needed. Recovery Centres provide longer term assistance after a cyclone like Centrelink services, counselling and housing.
The Cook Shire Local Disaster Management Group is in place to plan, coordinate and respond to any disasters events within Cook Shire. If you require any further information please contact the Cook Shire LDMG via Cook Shire Council on 07 4069 5444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issuing of Tropical Cyclone advice
The Bureau of Meteorology keeps the public informed by providing advice in the form of cyclone warnings, watches and severe weather warnings.
A cyclone watch is issued at six hourly intervals if a cyclone or potential cyclone exists and there is a likelihood gale force winds or stronger will affect coastal or island communities within the next 24 to 48 hours. A cyclone warning is issued at three hourly intervals if gale force winds or stronger are expected to affect coastal or island communities within the next 24 hours. Warnings are updated every hour when a cyclone is close to landfall.
A severe weather warning may be issued if the system is no longer a cyclone but communities are still being threatened by damaging winds, flooding rains or pounding seas. Damage caused by a tropical cyclone can easily be kept to a minimum by taking preventative measures before the cyclone season arrives (usually November to April).
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) - www.emergency.qld.gov.au
Bureau of Meteorology - www.bom.gov.au
Disaster Management Services - www.disaster.qld.gov.au
SES Get Ready Guide - www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/beprepared.asp