The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. 

The likely impacts of a tropical cyclone include heavy rainfall, damaging winds and storm tide surges which can result in damage to houses and household goods, damage to service outlets, roads being cut off, and/or loss of electricity and telephone or internet connections to name a few.

It is critical that you as individuals, carers and/or community service providers remain safe and are well prepared for such events. 

Everyone is encouraged to monitor the weather forecasts and undertake planning and preparedness activities. As part of your preparedness and planning for events such as these, access regular updates from the Bureau of Meteorology and act on advice from relevant authorities such as Local Councils and Emergency Services.

The Queensland Disaster Management website and  the Get Ready website also have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare.

It is also important if you are a carer or service provider, that you are able  to continue supporting individuals and families following a disaster that may disrupt your business and/or your ability to continue providing care.

Make use of the resources on the Community Door website to ensure the continuity of your service and wellbeing of staff and clients following a disaster or emergency. 

Additional information about transport and main roads issues is available here.

Information about electricity outages and disruptions is available from Ergon Energy.

Please contact your relevant Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services region if you require assistance or have any concerns.

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