Prepare your household, business and property


Prepare your house

The following information provide an overview of key areas in and around your house that may require protection to reduce the risk of cyclone damage.

Preparing your pantry kit

Visit the Pantry List website and ensure that you have the recommended items set aside in the event of a disaster.children

Prepare your children

The following links provide essential information on preparing children for a natural disaster,

animalsPrepare your pets

  • Include animals in your emergency and evacuation planning including water, dry food and litter where required.
  • Properly identify your animals in advance; micro-chipping, registering with Mackay Regional Council and the placement of tags on animals and ID bands are all ways of doing this.  For large animals contact details can be taped to a neck collar.  Also keep photo ID of your pet in case they do become separated from you.  Keep notes regarding identifying markings.
  • Ensure that your animals are vaccinated especially for anything that is prolific in the wet season.
  • Ensure you have a crate/cage suitable for relocating your pet if necessary.
  • Large animals that are outdoors should not be housed in any building that may harm the animal if the building is affected by storm damage or by the animal panicking.
  • Do not place rugs or halters on animals as these can get caught up in fences and debris.
  • Keep a list of emergency contact details applicable to your animal with your other important numbers in your emergency kit.
  • Keep a First Aid kit for your animals.  Generally standard first aid procedure applies.
  • Be aware that some rescue services and evacuation centres may not accept your animals.  Wherever possible make alternative arrangements.

Act Early

  • If you need to relocate your animals do so early to avoid unnecessary risk.
  • Ensure your animals have access to food and water.
  • If staying at home, secure animals like dogs and cats in good time so that they do not take flight.

Be Considerate

  • Animals (especially cats) can be comforted by being covered and isolated as much as possible during an event.
  • If you have pets that you have to leave behind;
  • Leave your pets indoors
  • Place pets in rooms with small or no windows
  • Place appropriate amounts of food and water in large heavy bowls
  • If animals have to be left outside do not tie them up.

Act Safe

  • Your safety and that of your families is paramount
  • Do not risk human life trying to protect your pets.

Written with the assistance of Dr Rachel Tong BVSc., Walkerston Vestiary Clinic and Emergency Management Australia.

businessPreparing your Business

Business continuity planning involves developing
a practical plan for how your business can
prepare for, and continue to operate after an
incident or crisis (e.g. natural disasters,
computer problems, staffing issues).



During the 2013 storm season, public access sand stockpiles to encourage residents to become more self-resilient by allowing residents fill their own sandbags have been located at :-

  • 374 Shakespeare Street, West Mackay (next to the 122nd Cadet Unit Barracks)
  • near the North Mackay PCYC, corner of Scriha St and Norris Rd Playing Fields, North Mackay
  • Stadium carpark, cnr Leisure Crt and Bridge Road South Mackay

Residents are reminded that they should take along a shovel or something to assist them in filling their own sandbags.

Residents are advised that they may purchase hessian or poly weave sandbags from hardware stores or stockfeed premises, such as Blackwoods, Bunnings, Mitre 10, Porters or Farmyard Feeds Mackay (formerly Bagley Produce).

Council will only issue sandbags during a declared disaster event.

Alternatives to Sandbags

Council has produced the following document as an alternative to sandbags.