Be prepared for cyclone season

ROTARY Club of Rockhampton South has thrown its support behind our “local heroes”, the region’s rural firefighters, while preparing residents for the cyclone season to come.

On Thursday, Rotary invites all interested to a Tropical Cyclone preparatory talk and bushfire awareness session at Athelstane Rotary Bowling Club at the end of Ward Street, Rockhampton.

A $15 barbecue starts at 6pm with the information session at 7.15pm. Proceeds to go to the Rural Fire Brigade.

Speakers will include retired weather forecaster Mike Griffin and bushfire fighter Alan Titman.

“The tropical cyclone season starts in November and goes through to April 30,” Mike said.

“In 2006 severe category 4 Tropical Cyclone Larry crossed the North Queensland coast, severely devastating the small rural communities of Innisfail, Babinda and surrounding areas.

“The effect of Tropical Cyclone Larry on these small communities was devastating. Children were severely affected with 13% of primary school children and 5% of high school children experiencing “severe” or “very severe” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“In early 2009 severe Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Hamish came to within 100km of the Central Coast and 200km off Yeppoon. “The 2009-2010 Tropical Cyclone Season is heralded by a very dry start with what looks like an unusual El Nino event. El Ninos are typically associated with below-normal rainfall and below-average cyclonic activity in the Coral Sea. But one or two of the cyclones could be severe. Early preparation is the key,” Mike said.

Alan Titman will speak about fire awareness and tell stories about the heroes of the recent Rockhampton fires and the tsunami in the Solomons.



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