Cyclone – Emergency preparation, planning and preparedness

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Given the uncertainty and unpredictability of damage created by individual cyclones, employers in cyclone sensitive regions are urged to apply extreme caution with regard to exposing workers to the dangers associated with cyclones.

It is important for every employer located in a cyclone sensitive region to prepare a comprehensive emergency management plan which addresses risks associated with cyclones. 

In accordance with Regulation 3.10 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, every employer must develop emergency procedures and plans in conjunction with advice from FESA and other regional emergency planning groups where their sites are located.

The emergency plans should include details for making the site safe and ensuring the safety of personnel. This should include the removal/restraint of loose objects and structures and evacuation of personnel.

Every accommodation unit or donga and every transportable building on worksites and camps in cyclone sensitive regions should be adequately secured.

During the Blue and Yellow Alert Cyclone Warning phase a safe and orderly evacuation of non essential personnel from the worksite or camp should be considered prior to high intensity cyclones passing in close proximity to the site.

Workers remaining on site during the cyclone should be moved to a designated appropriate shelter well in advance of the arrival of the cyclone to avoid being injured during the transfer to the shelter.

Where workers are required to stay on site, adequate stocks of food and other essential items should be available during the period when the site may be cut off due to high winds or flooding.

During the Red Alert Cyclone Warning phase when all power has to be isolated or in the eventuality of damage or interruption occurring to the power supply or telephone and other communication systems, an adequate means of reliable emergency backup communication should be available on site to make contact with external emergency services should help or assistance be required.

Each site should continuously monitor cyclone warnings issued on radio, television or via the internet connection to the Bureau of Meteorology or FESA websites. In the event of power interruptions on site battery powered radios should be available.

Additional information

Additional information on preparing for cyclones can be found on the following websites or locations:

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