Get your business cyclone ready
Cyclone season is upon us, running from 1 November to 30 April each year in the Northern Territory.
Cyclones are dangerous and can produce destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flooding and storm surges that can cause significant damage to your business. You can make sure your business is cyclone ready by:
- refreshing your business emergency plans and continuity plans, go to Australian Government’s Business website
- updating your business proprietors after-hours contact details with Police, Fire and Emergency Services
- downloading a copy of the emergency plan checklist for business from the NT WorkSafe website
- having copies of insurance policy, financial, banking and important documents available for quick access
- stocking an emergency kit with a first aid kit, battery powered radio, torch, spare batteries and a waterproof bag for valuables
- checking your property and infrastructure is secure
- compiling a contact list for your employees, suppliers and products.
This season, the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts an increased risk of tropical lows and cyclones, the likelihood of more than three for Northern Australia, with the potential for the first tropical cyclone to arrive earlier than normal. To find out more, go to the Bureau of Meteorology website.
La Niña conditions are likely to bring more rain to Northern Australia, with some drought-affected areas already seeing rainfall shortages ease and water storage levels increase. La Niña also suggests an earlier than normal arrival for the wet season and an earlier monsoon onset for the Top End so it’s important to be well prepared. Read more about La Niña on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Have a plan, don’t wait until it’s too late. For more information on cyclone safety and preparation advice, go to the SecureNT website.