This is an extremely serious weather event. People need to be ready and change their Easter travel plans if necessary. Put safety first. Don’t take any chances. We are expecting major impacts for Coromandel and the Western Bay of Plenty with hazardous driving conditions.
Cyclone Cook is a serious weather event and we all need to heed the advice of Civil Defence for areas most likely to be impacted. At this stage we are uncertain about how the cylone will impact your Easter holiday plans and advise you to do the following:
- Allow extra time for your journey and be prepared for challenging driving conditions, including debris on the road, and possible detours and road closures.
- Before you leave, make sure you have an emergency plan that includes emergency supplies for while you are travelling and when you arrive at your destination.
- Be ready to act. Floods and flash floods can happen quickly. If you see rising water don’t wait for an official warning to move.
- Heed the natural warnings and self evacuate if you need to.
- Make sure you have a household emergency plan that includes taking care of your pets.
- Know where you will go (such as to friends and family), what you’ll take, how to contact each other and how you will evacuate pets.
- You should have at least three days’ supply of food, water and other essentials for use at home in case of emergency.
- You should also have a Getaway Kit of warm clothing, water, food, medication and important documents in case you have to evacuate.
- Prepare your property for high winds by securing, or moving indoors, all items that could get blown about.
Stay up to date with Civil Defence Advisories www.civildefence.govt.nz.