Cyclone Saturday serves as an important reminder to be prepared

This Saturday (November 21) is your chance to make sure you and your family have all the knowledge to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster striking the region.

Mayor Greg Williamson said after a tough year, now is not the time to be complacent.

“Natural disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere – so it’s crucial that we take the time to prepare our homes, properties and families,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Disasters such as floods, fires and cyclones require different methods of action and preparedness," he said.

“You need to have a number of survival plans in place to know what you are going to do in the event of a disaster striking.”

Cyclone Saturday is on from 8am to 1pm this Saturday in Caneland Central near Peter Alexander.

Come along and speak with a diverse range of emergency experts and agencies, collect a copy of council’s free Emergency Action Guide as well as learn about our online Emergency Dashboard (disaster.mackay.qld.gov.au).

Mayor Williamson said council’s online dashboard was a fantastic tool that should be saved on everyone’s digital devices.

“It provides you with vital information, such as road conditions, power outages, weather warnings, river heights and a digital version of our Emergency Action Guide,” he said.

“So, this Saturday while you’re doing your Christmas shopping or weekly groceries, stop by our stall to get the information that could potentially save your life.”

Anyone who attends Cyclone Saturday can also go into the draw to win a generator.

Radio station Star FM 101.9 will be also broadcasting onsite.