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Townsville urged to get cyclone ready early

30 October 2017

Townsville residents have been urged to band together and prepare their community for the upcoming tropical cyclone season with the launch of Cyclone Ready Streets.

With nine in 10 cyclone claims involving damage that is largely preventable by proper planning, Suncorp, Townsville City Council and Ergon Energy have partnered to help the community make their homes and streets more resilient.

Measures like cleaning gutters, checking the roof for loose tiles, repairing fences and removing any loose debris can be the difference between minor and catastrophic damage when a cyclone strikes. 

Officially launched at Cyclone Sunday in Townsville yesterday, Cyclone Ready Streets is a three-week campaign which encourages residents to:

  1. Register their clean up at www.cyclonereadystreets.com.au
  2. Clean up their houses and prepare an emergency cyclone kit
  3. Take three photos of their efforts and send them in before 5pm on November 17

Following receipt of the photos, residents will be sent a BBQ pack voucher from Sunvale Meats.

Mayor Cr Jenny Hill, from Townsville City Council said cyclone season can bring a lot of challenges to the local community, “Cyclone Ready Streets is a great opportunity for residents to prepare themselves and their homes so they’re ready for whatever comes our way this season,”

Suncorp Regional Manager Barbara Stegeman said while cyclones pose a regular threat to communities in north Queensland, simple preventative measures can make a big difference.

“With the Cyclone Ready Streets 3x3 action plan, residents can greatly reduce the risk posed by a cyclone. The plan outlines what residents should do three weeks, three days and three hours before a cyclone. The plan also includes what items households should have in their emergency cyclone kit.” 

Scott Fraley from Ergon Energy said, “When restoring power, our top priority is the safety of the public as well as of Ergon Energy employees working on powerlines. Cyclone Ready Streets is a great campaign that can help reduce the amount of flying debris in a cyclone that can damage our poles and wires.”

Visit cyclonereadystreets.com.au to learn more about Cyclone Ready Streets and register now.

Media Contact: Ashleigh Paterson 0407 925 665

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