- The wind follows the land - the gullies and valleys - just as fires and flash floods do
- Get a manual coffee grinder
- Solar houses don't have to wait for the power to come on
- Get an alternative mobile phone charger - car, solar, wind-up, whatever
- A surprising number of people build stupid houses in stupid places
- Building on or immediately behind the foreshore dune is dumb - it's a sand dune for god's sake! It has a purpose - to move, to replenish the beach!
- The ONLY media that works/adds value in a crisis is local ABC radio and a battery powered receiver - it must be defended at all costs
- There is no such thing as too much duct tape
- Don't assume that because there's a cyclone, it's gonna rain - fill the bath all the way.
- Emergency alert text messages are great - if you have a mobile
- Charge the camera beforehand - taking pics on the mobile chews up battery time
- Tell everyone beforehand to only text you and not to ring
- Get more ice beforehand, fill the fridge up with it (unless you have a solar house of course)
- The Internet is invaluable until you lose power - but only because in enables you to track the cyclone closely.
- News sites are hopeless and facebook is downright dangerous in the hands of a teenager who cant discern rumour from fact or possibility from probability.
- Print media is useless unless they can can get an edition out before the power comes on
- The BOM site is fantastic but I suspect most people don't know how to read the forecast maps
- Most people have no idea of the country on which they live or how it works
- Most people (and journalists) have no appreciation of the geography of Queensland
- Don't wait for the last minute to buy your beer supply and when you do don't forget to get extra for all of those chats with the neighbours after
- Always be nice to the Ergon and CityWater guys - they are worth their weight in beer at the very least. They do an amazing job in appalling conditions
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Posted by Island View at 9:02 pm
While Yasi's winds here were equivalent to a severe Category 2 or weak Cat. 3 cyclone there are some useful things I learnt (or were reminded of) for next time: