The Three Phases of Living Through a Cyclone

31.03.2017 • Australia

By Vern Gowdie – The Gowdie Letter (Australia) –

My thoughts are with the residents of North Queensland who have been through Cyclone Debbie.

Having personally gone through Cyclones Joy, Larry and Yasi, I appreciate the range of emotions they are going through.

There are three phases of living through a cyclone – before, during and after.

Prior to the cyclone hitting, you watch the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) site to keep informed on the intensity of the low-pressure system and its likely trajectory. The primary questions are, ‘Where will it hit? And how bad is it likely to be?’

During this phase, you should take precautions — buying food, water, petrol (for the generator and chainsaw), batteries etc. Secure the house — tape windows, remove any potential projectiles.

But not all people take these precautions. There can be a fair degree of complacency in the community…especially by those who have never lived through a cyclone.

After taking the necessary steps to prepare for the cyclone (assuming you’re one of the wise ones and did take these steps), you then sit…and wait.

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