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  • Fill your car's fuel tank.
  • Stock up on prescription medicines.
  • Check your emergency kit.  Ensure all items are functional and up to date.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting and open only when absolutely necessary.  Retaining the cold air will help perishables last longer if the power goes out. You can also freeze water containers and place them in the fridge and freezer to maintain cold temperatures after the power is cut.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a sealed, watertight container. Don't forget to take the container if you have to evacuate.

For more information on disaster preparation, visit the Get Ready Queensland website.


During a cyclone, severe weather or other disaster event, the most up to date information will be available on Council's Facebook page. Council staff will maintain this site during and outside business hours, posting updates and information and answering community enquiries, as resources allow.

Media releases issued by the Local Disaster Management Group will be posted on this website and available via Council's Facebook Page.

During a cyclone there is a high chance of the power supply being disrupted, so it is important to have a battery-operated radio to listen for cyclone advice.


A tropical cyclone is a massive collection of whirling wind and dense cloud mass, spiralling clockwise around a central eye of exceptional low pressure. With winds reaching speeds in excess of 200km/h, cyclones can be extremely dangerous.

On average, 10 cyclones occur in the Australian region each year.

The severity of a tropical cyclone is measured by a category determine by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Cyclone categories range from 1 for weaker cyclones to 5 for the most severe cyclones.  This helps the community assess the severity of the cyclone and take appropriate actions.

The category of a cyclone refers to the severity of winds in a maximum wind zone. You may not experience the effects of the maximum winds, and damage experienced may vary according to location factors.

The category of a cyclone does not refer to associated storm tide. Warnings for storm tide will be issued separately by the Bureau of Meteorology.

All media releases issued by the Local Disaster Management Group (LMDG) will be added to this page for easy reference when issued.

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Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

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