STORM TIDE EVACUATION GUIDE - Townsville City Council

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STORM TIDE EVACUATION GUIDE - Townsville City Council

TOWNSVILLESTORM TIDEEVACUATION GUIDEThis guide is used to inform residents of predictedstorm tide flooding associated with a tropical cyclone1


Message from the MayorNorth Queensland is one of the most cyclone-prone areas inAustralia. Like many of our neighbouring coastal communities,natural disasters are a price Townsville residents pay for livingin paradise.Along the coast, storm tides can occur as a result of a cyclone.Cyclone threats in our region could result in an evacuation ofparticular areas in our city. We will only order an evacuation ifa storm tide threatens to inundate developed areas.This Storm Tide Evacuation Guide is to help you, as a resident,prepare for cyclone events that result in an evacuation. If youare not required to evacuate, your home is often the safestplace for you. Before a cyclone event you will need to makesure that you are secure in your home. If you feel you are notsecure in your home please make alternative arrangementswith friends and family.If you are told you have to evacuate, you should make your wayto family or friends in ‘higher places’ outside the threatenedzone. Townsville’s Local Disaster Management Group hascyclone shelters available for community members who have noother alternative. Remember that these shelters are intended foruse only when all other plans have failed. Shelters unfortunatelydo not have the capacity to cater for people with special needs;and there is also no support services such as bedding, food,drink or material aid.I urge you to read the information provided in this bookletand understand the evacuation procedures. In the event of acyclone or storm tide, take immediate action by following thechecklists included in this booklet.2


What is a storm tide?A storm tide is a rise above the normal water level along a shore that is the result of a tropical cyclone.When a cyclone forms over open waters the strong winds pushing the water, combined with the low atmospheric pressure inthe eye of the cyclone cause the level of the sea to rise, which results in the formation of large waves.If this happens away from land, the water can escape and move freely away from the building storm. As the cyclone movestowards land and the depth of the water becomes shallower, the ever-increasing wall of water does not have a chance to flowaway. These large waves may inundate land and cause destructive damage to anything in its path.Please note that inundation by storm tide is not comparable with riverine flooding. Storm tides will be accompanied by galeforce winds, with successive waves of seawater rapidly moving across the foreshore. Trees, building material and other debrismay be carried along by the storm tide. Any evacuation must occur prior to the storm tide event.A storm tide event should not be confused with a tsunami. A tsunami is a series of waves generated by a sudden upwardmovement of the ocean floor, normally due to earthquakes and is NOT related to a cyclonic event.HIGH TIDEMEAN SEA LEVELLOW TIDENORMAL HIGH TIDEHIGH TIDEMEAN SEA LEVELLOW TIDESTORM TIDEStorm Surge + Normal Tide = Storm Tide3Storm TideStormSurgeNormal High Tide


What is a cyclone?A tropical cyclone is a violent collection of whirling winds and dense cloud mass. Winds spiral clockwise around a central eye ofexceptionally low pressure. With winds reaching speeds in excess of 200km/h, cyclones can be extremely dangerous.What are cyclone categories?The severity of a tropical cyclone is measured by a category determine by the Bureau of Meteorology.Cyclone categories range from 1 for weaker cyclones to 5 for the most severe cyclones. This helps the community assess theseverity of the cyclone and take appropriate actions.The category of a cyclone refers to the severity of winds in a maximum wind zone. You may not experience the effects of themaximum winds. Damage experienced may vary according to location factors.The category of a cyclone does not refer to an associated storm tide. Warnings for a storm tide will be issued separately by theBureau of Meteorology (BOM).Cyclone WatchA cyclone watch is issued at six hourly intervals if a cyclone or potential cyclone exists, and there is a likelihood gale force windsor stronger will affect coastal or island communities within the next 24 to 48 hours.Cyclone WarningA cyclone warning is issued at three hourly intervals if gale force winds or stronger are expected to affect coastal or islandcommunities within the next 24 hours. Warnings are updated every hour when a cyclone is close to landfall. The StandardEmergency Warning Signal (SEWS) may be used with some cyclone warnings.Severe Weather WarningA severe weather warning may be issued if the system is no longer a cyclone but communities are still being threatened bydamaging winds, flooding rains or pounding seas.CATEGORY STRONGEST GUST (km/h) TYPICAL EFFECTS1 Tropical Cyclone2 Tropical Cyclone3 SevereTropical Cyclone4 SevereTropical Cyclone5 SevereTropical CycloneLess than 125 km/hGales125 - 164 km/hDestructive Winds165 - 224 km/hVery destructive winds225 - 279 km/hVery destructive windsMore than 280 km/hExtremely destructive windsMinimal house damage. Damage to some crops, trees and caravans.Boats may drag moorings.Minor house damage. Significant damage to signs, trees and caravans. Heavydamage to some crops. Risk of power failure. Small boats may break moorings.Some roof and structural damage. Some caravans destroyed. Power failurelikely.Significant roofing and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed andblown away. Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures.Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction4


What if I am in an Evacuation Zone?If your property is located in an evacuation zone, you need to read this booklet. This important booklet also includes colouredlabels. Council suggests that you place one coloured label in your meter box and one under your kitchen sink. It is important tounderstand what you need to do in the event of a storm tide.Identify where your residence is located on the evacuation map and familiarise yourself with your evacuation zone and routes.If you are in a red, orange, yellow or blue zone, there is a chance that your property may be inundated in a storm tide event. Theheight of the predicted storm tide during the disaster event will determine which zones are affected.If you are not located in a coloured zone, you are outside the storm tide inundation threat area.How to read and the use the storm tide evacuation maps1. Identify where your residence is on the map.2. If you are in one of the coloured zones, you may be at risk from storm tide flooding during cyclones.3. Identify your evacuation route to your pre-determined safer location. For further information on evacuation visit council’swebsite www.townsville.qld.gov.au.4. During a cyclone event tune into warnings, authorities will advise which zones need to evacuate.Evacuation ZonesRED EVACUATION ZONE - INDICATES AREAS AT HIGHEST RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.ORANGE EVACUATION ZONE - INDICATES AREAS AT HIGH RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.YELLOW EVACUATION ZONE - INDICATES AREAS AT MODERATE RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.BLUE EVACUATION ZONE - INDICATES AREAS AT LOW RISK OF FLOODING FROM CYCLONE STORM TIDE.What do storm tide evacuation zones mean?Residents in the Red Zone face the highest risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The Red Zone includes low-lying coastalareas and areas that may experience storm tide inundation up to approximately 1 metre above HAT.Residents in the Orange Zone face a high risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The Orange Zone may experience stormtide inundation up to 1m above the top of the red zone (approximately 2 metres above HAT).Residents in the Yellow Zone face a moderate risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The Yellow Zone may experiencestorm tide inundation at levels up to 2m above the top of the orange zone (approximately 2 to 4 metres above HAT).Residents in the Blue Zone face a low risk of inundation from a cyclone storm tide. The Blue Zone may experience storm tideinundation up to 2m above the top of the yellow zone (higher than approximately 4 metres above HAT).What is HAT?HAT stands for Highest Astronomical Tide. A HAT is comparable to a king tide. It is the highest level of water which can bepredicted to occur under any combination of astronomical conditions. BOM advices regarding storm tide will refer to a height(in metres) above HAT. Council will use this BOM information to advise which zones may be affected.What is an evacuation shelter?An evacuation shelter is a building, or part of a building, specifically designed and constructed to provide protection from windand debris during the passage of a severe tropical cyclone.Evacuation shelters are a safe place that will allow for seating and may not necessarily be capable of accommodating personsfor extended periods.Where possible, evacuees should be encouraged to seek shelter with family and friends in higher places outside the at risk area.If you are self evacuating and not be staying within a public shelter building, please register your location via the NationalRegistration and Inquiry System available on the Australian Red Cross website (N.B. this will be activated at the time of the pendingdisaster).5


Emergency Contact DetailsAll Life Threatening/Urgent Emergency Calls 000Townsville Local Disaster Management Group - Coordination Centre 1800 738 541Townsville State Emergency Service (SES) - Tarping/Branches Down 13 25 00Police (Non life-threatening calls) 07 4759 9777Ambulance (Non life-threatening calls) 13 12 33Fire Brigade (Non life-threatening calls) 07 4771 2111Townsville City Council - Emergency After Hours 1300 878 001Ergon Energy - Loss of Supply and Emergencies 13 22 96Origin Energy Natural Gas and LP Gas Emergencies - Leaks only 1800 808 526RACQ - Road Reports 1300 130 595Telstra - Faults 13 22 03Townsville Hospital 07 4796 1111Preparing your household for an evacuation eventChecklist for Evacuation Are you in an evacuation (coloured) zone? Is the zone you are in currently under threat? Has official advice been given to evacuate? Do you know where you will be evacuating to? Is your evacuation point further inland, on higher ground and secure? Do you know the preferred route for evacuation? Is your vehicle full of fuel? If your not staying in a local public shelter, have you registered your location on the national registration and enquiry system? Have you included your Emergency Kit and a copy of your Emergency Plan? Do you have essential medications for your family?Preparing your household for a disaster eventChecklist for a disaster event Have you packed important documents and valuables? Have you turned off all the power, gas and water mains to your home? Are your pets safe and secure? Have you secured and locked your home? Have you packed emergency water supplies? Have you checked on neighbours who are elderly or disabled? If you have completed the items above, then ensure you have your Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit and commence yourEvacuation Plan.6


Items to pack in your Emergency KitWater Water in plastic containers A three day supply; minimum five litres of water per day per person EskyFood Minimum three day supply Cooking facilities such as gas BBQ/camping stove Ready to eat canned meats, fruit and vegetables Canned juices, milk and soups Staples such as sugar, pepper, salt and high energy foods such as peanut butter, honey, jams, biscuits and muesli barsVitamins Food for babies, children, elderly persons or any special dietary requirements Comfort foods such as biscuits, lollies, cereals, coffee and teaTools and Supplies Plates, bowls, cups, utensils (paper or plastic plates don’t require washing) Battery operated radio and spare batteries Battery operated/solar powered/wind up torches (and spare batteries if battery operated) Cash Utility knife Toilet paper Soap/detergent Personal hygiene items Duct and masking tape Matches in waterproof container Disinfectant Mobile phone and charger Insect repellent and sunscreen Tools for temporary repairs Rope and chains for securing outdoor items Extension cords and power boards Plastic sheeting or tarpsFirst Aid Kit Replace any used contentsClothing and Bedding At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person Long sleeve shirts and long trousers Sturdy shoes Rain gear Blankets or sleeping bags Hats and work/gardening gloves Sunglasses7


Special Items Baby needs such as nappies and bottles Medications Contact lenses or prescription glasses Important family documents in a waterproof container Wills, insurance policies Passports and immunisation records Bank account and credit card numbers Inventory of household contents Important telephone numbers Family records such as birth and marriage certificates Pet food and supplies Games, books and puzzles for entertainment Ice Ensure you have enough cash on hand to last one week Fuel for carItems to pack in your Evacuation Kit Multiple changes of clothes for all household members, stored in watertight plastic bags (long pants, long sleeved shirts,hats and strong shoes are recommended) Extra essential medicines and repeat prescriptions Extra First Aid supplies, sunscreen, insect repellent Extra toiletry and sanitary supplies Pillows, sleeping bags and blankets for each household member Books and games for children Extra baby formula, food and nappies (if required) Valuables, photos (prints, compact disks, USB data stick) and mementos in waterproof plastic bags Cash Mobile phone, spare battery and chargerImportant documents Keep original or certified copies of all the following documents in your Emergency Kit and your Evacuation Kit Scan copies of these documents and save on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit as well. Keep all these items insealed plastic bags Insurance papers for house and contents Insurance papers for vehicles and valuable items Inventory of valuable household goods Wills and life insurance documents House deeds/mortgage documents Birth and marriage certificates Passports/visa details Stocks and bonds Medicare and pension cards Immunisation records Bank account and credit card details Back-up copies of important computer files Copy of household Emergency Plan Emergency contact telephone numbers8


6REDORANGEYELLOWBLUE5Evacuation RoutesSuburbsDetail Maps324198TOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES0 2,500 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,0007Meters10DISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.


TOWNCOMMONHEATLEYS PDEROWESBAYHOWITT STPILKINGTON STVINCENTCAMBRIDGE STMOONEY STCHARLES S TROSS RIVER RDJOHNGARBUTTMEENAN STDALRYMPLE RDAITKENVALEINGHAM RDBAYSWATER RDPALMERSTON STGULLIVERMELTONBLACK DRCURRAJONGHUGH STGULLIVER STPERCY STBUNDOCK STPIMLICOFULHAM RDMUNDINGBURRABELGIANGARDENSSTAGPOLE STWESTENDKINGS RDCOWLEY STBALLS LNLOVE LNECHLIN STWOOLCOCK STHYDE PARKMYSTERTONCASTLE HILLCHARTERS TOWERS RDQUEENS RDWARBURTON STACKERS STHERMITPARKROSSLEATHENORTHWARDKNAPP STSTRANDGREGORY STSTANLEY STBOUNDARY STEYRE STSTURT STOONOONBADENHAM STSAUNDERS STRAILWAY AVESTDEANRAILWAYESTATETOWNSVILLECITYKING STROSS STARCHER STSOUTHTOWNSVILLESTUARTBENWELL RDBOWEN RDOONOONBA RDKOKODASTIDALIAABBOTT STANNANDALECLUDENYOLANDA DRUNIVERSITY RDRACECOURSE RDBRUCE HWYDOUGLASMURRAYWULGURUSTUART DRDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,0001Meters1


NORTH SHORE BLVDBANFIELD DRBUSHLANDBEACHSHELLYBEACHESPLANADECAPE PALLARENDA RDMOUNTLOWTOWN COMMONPALLARENDATOWNCOMMONGARLAND RDBOHLEPALLARENDA INSETBURDELLMOUNTST JOHNDEERAGUNBRUCE HWYENTERPRISE STSHAWSHAW RDINGHAM RDWOOLCOCK STMATHER STGARBUTTCOSGROVEMOUNT LOUISABOHLE PLAINSDALRYMPLE RD WESTKIRWANLNBAMFORDANGUS AVEDALRYMPLE RDTHE RING RDTHURINGOWA DRHEATLEYCHARLES STCRANBROOKDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,00012Meters2


YABULUBEACH HOLMGARLAND RDWENT RDBUSHLANDBEACHBLACK RIVERMOUNT LOW PKWNORTH SHORE BLVDBOWDEN RDMOUNT LOWSVENSSON RDCHURCH RDWHITE RDBRUCE HWYJENSENVEALES RDGEANEY LNDEERAGUNGARLAND RDBURDELLJENSENRDHAYNES RDBOHLE PLAINSSHAWDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,00013Meters3


PACIFIC DRAPJOHN STPICNIC STWEST PT RDWEST POINTPICNICBAYFLORENCEBAYHORSESHOE BAYHORSESHOE BAY RDMAGNETIC ISLAND RDARMAND WYNELLYBAYARCADIAMARINE PDEARCADIA RDSOONING STNELLY BAY RDBIRT STWEST PT RDEvacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES4500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500MetersPTWESTRD14DISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.


JOHN BREWER DRTOOLAKEATOOLAKEA BEACH RDBLUEWATER DRSAUNDERSBEACHBLUEWATERBRUCE HWYFORESTRY RDBLUEWATER DRPURONO PKWSAUNDERS BEACH RDBRUCE HWYPURONO PKWYABULUKATAUGHAL RDLYNAMBLACKRIVERDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,00015Meters5


TOOMULLATOOMULLA BEACH RDCLEMANTBRUCE HWYSETTERR DBLUEWATERRALL RDVERDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,00016Meters6


MUTARNEEHENCAMP CREEK RDROLLINGSTONEACHERON DRBALGAL BEACH RDBALGAL BEACHCRYSTALCREEKPLANTATION RDBRUCE HWYCLEMANTPLANTATIONRDDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,00017Meters7


NOMEALLIGATORCREEKDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.BRUCE HWYMOUNTELLIOTEvacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUECROCODILE CREEK RDCAPE CLEVELAND RDCAPE CLEVELANDRILEY R DMEEHAN RD MEEHAN RDCARTY RDTOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000MetersGOODSELL RD8CUNGULLA18


STUARTWILLING DRCAPE CLEVELANDPAU LJAMES DRNOMEBENTLEY DRJULAGOBARNHAM RDBARNHAM RDBRUCE HWYBENTLEY DRBRUCE HWYMARRON RDALLIGATOR CREEKA LENDALE DRALLIGATOR CREEK RDWILLIAMS RDMOUNTELLIOTDISCLAIMERStorm Tide Evacuation Zones are based upon geographical data.Evacuation Zones are designed to provide an easy to understandmethod for the public to identify coastal areas that may be affectedby storm tides caused by tropical cyclones or severe east coaststorms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the informationcontained within these Public Information Maps is accurate.However, Townsville City Council does not give any warranty oraccept any liability in relation to the content of these maps.Evacuation RoutesREDORANGEYELLOWBLUETOWNSVILLE STORM TIDEEVACUATION ZONES500 250 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,00019Meters9


Tune into warningsRadio StationsTune into your local radio stationfor the latest emergency information.ABC Local Radio 630 AM4TO FM102.3 FMHot FM103.1 FMZinc100.7 FM106.3 Mix FM 106.3 FM103.9 Tripple T 103.9 FMContact DetailsCustomer Service Centres103 Walker Street, Townsville City86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa CentralOpening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm1300 878 001enquiries@townsville.qld.gov.auTownsville Disaster Information@TCC_news

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