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Northern residents urged to prepare and be safe

Published: 24 Mar 2017 11:44am

Ergon Energy is urging its customers to ensure they are prepared for the possibility of a Tropical Cyclone forming in the Coral Sea and crossing the coast in the next few days.

Ergon Energy spokesman Mark Biffanti said home owners need to clear their yards or tie down loose items like roofing iron and outdoor furniture

“These can become dangerous missiles and pose a threat to powerlines and people in strong winds,” Mr Biffanti said.

“Each home should also have an emergency kit prepared.  This should contain torch and batteries, water containers, canned food, bottled water, a can opener and self-contained cooking facilities. A battery- powered radio is also essential for important advice for cyclone response related information.”

If possible, have at least one traditional analogue phone in your home that does not require electricity to operate. Cordless phones and phones with built-in answering machines will not operate if power is interrupted. Mobile phones should be kept fully charged.

Equipment connected over the nbn™ network will not work during a power interruptions or outages.

For more information visit the NBN website http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/information-for-home/what-happens-in-a-power-blackout/emergencies-and-outages.html

The next step, should a cyclone arrive, is to “Be Safe”.

“All electrical devices and appliances should be unplugged to protect them from potential electrical damage. People should stay indoors during a cyclone,” he said

Once a cyclone has passed, it doesn’t mean the danger has, so you must ensure you “Stay Safe”.

“Fallen powerlines can be extremely dangerous. Stay away, warn others to do the same and report them to emergency services on 000 or contact Ergon Energy on 13 22 96,” he said.

“Swimming in floodwaters can also be hazardous as they could hide fallen powerlines and I’d ask parents to please warn their children and keep them out of the water.”

Media Contact: Corporate Communications Manager Brett Judge
Phone: 0439 971 765

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