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.