Cyclones

The Top End of the Northern Territory is naturally prone to tropical cyclone events with some two to three cyclones affecting the region between November and April each year.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ingrid 2005
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The cyclone season officially commences on 1 November and ceases on 30 April, but cyclonic events have been known to occur outside this period. Cyclones usually affect coastal areas up to 50km inland from the sea, so whether you live in the city or the rural area, learning to protect yourself, your family and your property from cyclones can assist in minimising the potential losses and trauma that you might suffer.

How do I prepare for the cyclone season?

NOW is the time to act, BEFORE a cyclone is on the doorstep and you’ve been left without enough time to prepare yourself, your family or your home. Check to see if your own home is safe in a cyclone is a great place to start. Click HERE to find out.

Once you have decided to shelter at home, there are some preparations you and your family can make:

  • Trim tree tops and branches well clear of your home (get council permission).
  • Clear your property of loose material that could blow about and possibly cause injury or damage during extreme winds.
  • In the case of a storm surge/tidal warning, or other flooding, know your nearest safe high ground and the safest access route to it.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that can sustain every member of the household for at least 72 hours. Click HERE to see what you should pack in your emergency kit.

Community safety within the Northern Territory environment is everyone’s responsibility and can only be achieved through a partnership between the NT Government and the community. To reduce the risks posed by emergencies and disasters, the Northern Territory Government provides a general level of community safety in a number of ways, including the provision of Emergency Services, emergency planning coordinated by the Emergency Management Council, infrastructure such as hospitals and emergency shelters and land use planning.

YOUR role in that partnership is to ensure the protection of your family, your home and your possessions.

Once you have established which disasters or emergency situations could affect you, the next thing you should do is sit down with your family and discuss what you will do in an emergency or disaster.

Click HERE to learn more about Household Emergency Planning.

Emergency kit

In most emergencies in the Territory, depending on where you live, you should be able to remain in your home, work or a previously arranged alternative location. In each of these situations you may have to rely on your own resources to get through until the emergency or disaster has passed, or help arrives, therefore each household MUST have an up-to-date Emergency Kit with First Aid Kit at the ready. The most important thing to remember is to ensure that your kit is able to sustain yourself and every family member for up to 72 Hours or more.

Click HERE to find out what your Emergency Kit should include.

Sheltering options - where will you shelter?

A good cyclone survival plan includes knowing where you and your family and pets will shelter.

Click HERE to find out about your options for sheltering from a Cyclone.

What about storm surge?

Storm Surge is a dangerous part of a Cyclone’s armory that a lot of people are unaware of.

Click HERE to find out about storm surge in Darwin and if YOU could be affected.

What do I do during a cyclone?

Click HERE to view our cyclone action guide.