The Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal outlook for the 2014/15 wet season, reminding northern Territory residents to prepare now for the coming cyclone season.
Northern Territory Regional Director, Todd Smith, said climate drivers point to a typical tropical cyclone season for Northern Australia this year, and now is the time to get ready.
"In a typical season we would expect to see two to three cyclones form in Northern Territory waters, with at least one of those crossing the coast. It is important that Territorians remain mindful that all cyclones pose a threat, and it only takes one to place lives and property at risk," said Mr Smith.
"The Bureau and Northern Territory Emergency Services are preparing for whatever the coming season may throw at us. It's an important part of our work, and we plan for it every year," he said.
Northern Territory Emergency Service Director, Andrew Warton, said now is the time for everyone to act, before a cyclone is on the doorstep — and you've been left without enough time to prepare yourself, your family, or your home.
"A Household Emergency Plan is a great place to start. Discuss with your family and friends what you will do in an emergency or disaster. Identify where you will shelter safely. Make sure your home is safe and clear your yard of loose material that could become a dangerous projectile during extreme winds.
"In certain circumstances it may take up to 72 hours for help to arrive after a significant event. Ensure you have an up to date emergency kit, and that your kit is able to sustain you and each member of your family for three days or more," said Mr Warton.
The tropical cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April.
- Tropical cyclone warnings and information
- Updates on the El Niño Southern Oscillation
- Tropical Cyclone Outlook 2014-15
Information on what you should have in your emergency kit is available on both the NT Emergency Services and Secure NT websites below: