Emergency preparation – Barkly and Southern Districts

Emergency preparation – Barkly and Southern Districts

Communities in the Barkly and Southern regions are urged to ensure they have emergency plans in place with heavy rainfall expected across the regions on Sunday (24 March 2019).

Regional Controller for the Southern Region, Acting Assistant Commissioner Michael Hebb said information to-date indicated potential for damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall of up to 100mm and 200mm is expected after severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor crosses the NT coastline and the system impacts communities in the Barkly and Southern districts.

Residents in these areas are urged to take the relevant precautions at home during the severe weather, includes damaging winds, and localised flooding.

“The time to act and ensure you are prepared for severe weather, including possible localised flooding, is now,” said A/Assistant Commissioner Hebb

“We urge the people who live in these areas to make sure they are prepared, or to start preparing – this includes having a household emergency plan, organising a household emergency kit, which has sufficient drinkable water, a supply of perishables to last at least four days, any medication required and the basics of a torch, battery-operated radio and spare batteries.

“We will continue to closely monitor severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor and provide updates via our social media platforms, local media and the official emergency broadcaster – ABC local radio, and CAAMA Radio – who have already begun broadcasting emergency preparation messages in language.”

“No directions have been given in regards to evacuations at this time, The Southern Regional Committee are closely monitoring the weather system, and advice will be provided to affected communities/regions as to whether any evacuations are required.”

Source: NT Government