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Townsville City Council has launched a new resource to help Indigenous and migrant communities better prepare for a cyclone.
Two DVDs have been developed to increase local awareness and resilience around cyclone preparedness, in a format that is culturally adapted for the target groups. The DVDs are accompanied by illustrated booklets.
Mayor Jenny Hill said cyclones were a serious threat in Townsville and education was vital to ensure the safety of the community.
'It is important that all residents have access to educational material that they can understand to ensure they can prepare themselves and their family for a disaster event,' she said.
'Our disaster management team has worked closely with local groups and organisations to develop the DVDs, to ensure they are effective and appropriate for the audience.
'The DVD tells the story of two families, one which has prepared for a cyclone and one which has not, specifically focussing on how the family does prepare and the actions they take.
'It also includes a full table of necessary items to include in a cyclone kit as well as real footage from Cyclone Yasi.'
The Are you cyclone prepared? DVDs were funded through the Community Development and Recovery Package, which is a joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Information about the DVDs will shortly be added to the 'Emergency management' section of the HealthInfoNet's web resource for Indigenous Environmental Health Practitioners.
Source: Townsville City Council