Living in Far North Queensland certainly has its benefits. Over 300 days of sunshine per year, plenty of beautiful beaches to explore, winter temperatures in the mid-20s, diverse wildlife, flora and fauna, the list goes on. It would be safe to say that living in Far North Queensland has more pros than cons.
However, living in the Tropics can often be unpredictable when it comes to its tumultuous weather. Even though it is home to some of the best year-round weather that Australia has to offer, the humid, subtropical climate means that winter is more commonly known as the ‘dry’ season and summer is known as the ‘wet’ season. Which means that for approximately five months of the year, Cairns is susceptible to wild weather events like tropical downpours, cyclones, flooding, electrical storms and more.
The problem with living in a subtropical climate, such as Cairns, is that freaky weather events occur so often, that residents can often become complacent when a serious natural disaster is really about to hit.
At Stockland Cairns, you can save yourself and your family from the stress of a serious weather catastrophe. We’ve collated a checklist of all the necessary items you’ll need to get your home ready for cyclone season. From non-perishable food to toiletries, baby supplies and other important must-have items for the home. Just click here to download and print or for more information, be sure to visit https://getready.qld.gov.au/about/
Of course, these are not the only instructions you should follow, but this list a great place to start. The best part? All of the items are available at Stockland Cairns.
Non-perishable food items are critically important in a natural emergency. They have a long shelf-life and don’t require refrigeration. It’s important to have some of these items in your pantry at all times, simply because you never know when a disaster is about to strike. Just make sure you’ve checked all the use-by dates in case some of your items need updating. If you do have more time to prepare, head into your local grocery store and pick up a few extra necessities. Items that are good to have on hand include plenty of fresh water, long-life milk, dried fruit or nuts and tinned goods such as baked beans, spaghetti and tuna (be sure to a trusty stainless steel can-opener for these items).
Coles Bega Peanut Butter Crunchy, Coles John West Tempters Tuna Chunky in Springwater, Coles Mount Franklin 20pk, Coles Vegemite Spread, Robins Kitchen Soffritto A-Series Can Opener-Stainless Steel $29.99, Woolworths Devondale 100% Pure Full Cream Long Life Milk 1L, Woolworths Heinz Baked Beans Salt Reduced Tomato Sauce 130g, Woolworths Heinz Spaghetti Tomato Sauce 130g, Woolworths Sanitarium Weet-bix 375g, Woolworths Crunchy Natural Almonds 400g
Toiletries & Baby Supplies
When a disaster hits, you may not have access to electricity or running water. So when it comes to maintaining good hygiene, it can get a little tricky. The obvious things to include are toilet paper, deodorant, first aid kit, a toothbrush and toothpaste (brushing your teeth doesn’t require water!). If you’re fortunate to still have access to running water, body wash is a must-have. Finally, if you have a young family to care for, make sure you have plenty of nappies and baby formula on hand.
Big W BabyLove CosiFit Jumbo Junior Nappies $27, Big W SMA Infacare Baby Formula $13, Discount Drug Store Earlville Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Wash $9.49, Discount Drug Store Earlville PANADOL 20 TABLETS $4.09, Terry White Chemists Colgate 360 Degree Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothbrush $3.99, Terry White Chemists Medissentials First Aid Kit Large 55 piece $39.99, Terry White Chemists Colgate Total Advanced Clean Toothpaste 110g $3.99, The Reject Shop Dove Original Antiperspirant 85g $3, The Reject Shop Quilton Toilet Paper 3ply 12pk $6
If push came to shove and someone asked you “are you ready for an emergency?” what would you say? Living in Far North Queensland means that, no matter the time of year, you need to be prepared for anything. Bad weather can hit in the blink of an eye and there’s nothing worse than searching for your flashlight and finding out you don’t have spare batteries. At a minimum, your emergency and evacuation kit should include the following home necessities: a portable radio, waterproof bags, buckets, flashlight, a stanley knife, spare batteries, ropes, gloves and some dry towels.
Big W Dunn Twisted Poly Rope $4, Big W Globite Waterproof Bag $15, JB Hi-Fi Energizer Lithium AA Batteries (4-Pack) $19.99, JB Hi-Fi Sony XDRS61DB DAB+ FM Portable Radio $179, Target Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel $12, Target High Powered LED Torch $15, The Reject Shop Mens Deluxe Gloves $3, The Reject Shop Rectangle Bucket 14L $5
Taking these steps now can drastically reduce stress and improve the safety of your home and family during an emergency. For more information, you should always consult the Queensland Government websites www.getready.qld.gov.au, www.qld.gov.au/emergency, and stay up-to-date on the weather movements via the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
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