November 1st 2012
Cyclone Sunday this weekend
Townsville City Council is hosting the popular Cyclone Sunday event this weekend to mark the start of the cyclone season, which officially commences on November 1.
Cyclone Sunday has become a signature event in the city attracting record crowds last year of more than 5,000 people and this year featuring an additional 15 stallholders.
Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Jenny Hill said the event was a reminder to the community that now is the time to be prepared.
“Cyclone Sunday is held on the first weekend of the cyclone season and is a reminder to residents to prepare their homes and business because the threat is very real,” Cr Hill said.
“Often people don’t realise the importance of being prepared until we are faced with a cyclone and they are scrambling to get the essentials together to protect their family, homes and businesses.
“With Cyclone Yasi we were faced with such a frightening prospect that I think people have realised the significance of what could unfold and are more inclined to prepare early.
“While I hope we don’t see a cyclone of that magnitude again, there is the possibility that we may, and it is important that people have plans in place.”
EMQ Area Director Townsville East Wayne Preedy said Cyclone Sunday provided a great opportunity to meet the local authorities and agencies, who would assist residents in a disaster.
“Cyclone Sunday is a chance for residents, particularly people new to this area, to meet emergency services staff and talk about how to prepare now for the upcoming storm and cyclone season.”
Cyclone Sunday will feature 37 stall holders, children’s entertainment and food stalls, a chance for kids to meet James Elmer from ABC 4 Kids, and a live outdoor broadcast through ABC (4QN) from 9am to midday.
Visitors also have the chance to win a an emergency cyclone kit valued at over $500, which includes an ice box, sleeping bags, 20-litre water container, portable light, stove burner and two-way radio. There will also be 5,000 Plan. Prepare. Survive. Bags to be given away.
Stallholders include council's Emergency Management Section, the State Emergency Services, Emergency Management Queensland, St John’s QLD, Qld Fire and Rescue Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Telstra, Green Cross Australia, Volunteering North Queensland Inc, Crime Stoppers, Cyclone Testing Station, Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Police Service, Salvation Army, Ergon Energy, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, Australian Red Cross and Uniting Care Community.
Cyclone Sunday will be held at Strand Park on Sunday 4 November from 9am to 12noon.
Cyclone Sunday is organised by Townsville City Council, with support from Westpac, Emergency Management Queensland and ABC North Queensland, and provides residents with information on cyclones and other wet weather events, their effects and how to prepare for the wet season.
Information on how to prepare and what to do in the event of a cyclone is available by following the links on the council’s website www.townsville.qld.gov.au and the EMQ website www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/.