Prepare for Tropical Cyclone Kirrily and Severe Weather Now!

Queensland strata communities are strongly advised to prepare for the potential impact of Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.

Tropical Cyclone Kirrily was declared on Wednesday evening and will cross the Queensland coast on Thursday evening.

  • The most likely time of landfall is around 8 pm AEST, although it could occur anytime between about 6 pm and midnight.
  • The most likely location for landfall is just north of Townsville around Magnetic Island although the BoM is forecasting a fairly wide range from Ayr (about an hour by road south of Townsville) to Ingham (just over an hour north).

 

The system is expected to move west towards the Northern Territory but southern and south-east Queensland may feel an “indirect impact”, including heavy rainfall and flooding over the weekend.

Residents in south-east Queensland are also being warned to prepare for “violent downpours” over already soaked catchments, with more than 100,000 sandbags ready in Brisbane.

The time to take essential precautions for safety is now.

Residents in the anticipated affected areas should formulate an emergency plan and assemble an emergency kit. The Queensland Reconstruction Authority stands ready to provide support in case the cyclone hits the coast.

Queenslanders are urged to follow three straightforward steps to ready themselves for Tropical Cyclone Kirrily:

  • assess their risk,
  • create a household emergency plan,
  • and assemble an emergency kit

 

It is crucial to undertake necessary preparations for safety. Research indicates that fewer than half of all Queenslanders have prepared for extreme weather disruptions by understanding potential impacts, planning their responses, and having essential supplies.

An emergency kit, including long-life food, drinking water, a radio, a flashlight, spare batteries, and toiletries, can be instrumental in ensuring safety during shop closures or disruptions to water and power supplies.

Your cyclone kit should have enough supplies for three days per person:

  • 10 litres of water across three days per person, in sealed containers
  • Non-perishable food, dried or in cans
  • Can opener or manual combination pocket knife
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Spare batteries
  • Torches
  • First aid kit
  • Portable gas stove with fuel
  • Cooking equipment
  • Medication
  • Toiletries and sanitary supplies
  • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Pet food
  • Tent, tarpaulin, and blankets
  • Camping equipment
  • Cash
  • Important personal documents
  • Strong waterproof bags

 

Residents should verify home supplies, have a solid emergency plan in place, and ensure their insurance policies are up to date.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has activated disaster management plans, ready to support affected communities and local councils as needed.

For additional information on preparing for severe weather, visit the Get Ready Queensland website at www.getready.qld.gov.au.

 

Top Tips for Storm/Cyclone Preparation in Strata Communities:

  • Organise maintenance checks from a qualified tradespersons to fix any broken items such as glass windows and door locks.
  • Ensure your roof and gutters are in good condition and arrange for the repair of any loose tiles, eaves or roof screws.
  • Clear the gutters and rubbish around your property regularly.
  • Ensure that any trees overhanging your property are well maintained and trimmed clear of the building.
  • Identify where and how to turn off the mains supply for water, power and gas.
  • Secure all loose items in common areas and outside your property including garden furniture, umbrellas, sheds and children’s cubby houses.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes things like first aid supplies, torch, battery operated radio, important documents and medicines.
  • Subscribe to local alerts like and warning systems like BOM to allow you to stay up-to-date with expert information and advice
  • Review insurances policies to ensure your cover is adequate. If your property has not had a recent insurance valuation it might be a good time to get one done.
  • Help your neighbours– The best support during a disaster is your neighbours. Give them a hand getting storm ready and when bad weather strikes, it’s important to be able to advise emergency services personnel on who lives next door.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER DISATER STRIKES

Once the danger has passed, strata committees or their representatives should conduct a thorough inspection of all public areas on the property. A comprehensive report should be compiled, no matter how minor the damage.

The report should detail:

  • Date and time
  • The adverse weather conditions
  • Damage caused by the weather event
  • Take photos of the damage before repairs commence
  • Previous condition of damaged area of the property
  • History of maintenance or upkeep if applicable
  • Any immediate rectification required and undertaken
  • Expert assessments
  • Plans for future repairs
  • Mitigation strategies that have been put in place or will be put in place to prevent further damage.

 

The more detailed and extensive the report is, the easier it will be for insurers to advise on the potential recovery of costs to remedy the damage.

Strata communities face unique considerations when it comes to things like storm/flood preparedness and insurance claims. Understanding body corporate and individual responsibilities will help stop potential damages and unnecessary repair costs to their property and common areas.

It is vital that bodies corporate and their communities are ready and adequately equipped to deal with the testing conditions that the wild weather can bring.

Be Prepared and Stay Safe

Don’t forget in an emergency situation call:

  • Flood/Storm/Bushfire Emergency – call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500
  • Life Threatening Emergency – call 000
  • Non-Emergency SES Enquiries – click here

For further information on disaster preparation check out some of our previous blog articles:

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