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Health Information in Cyclones

Get Ready, Stay Informed, Get Through

Territorians can stay informed about a range of events including cyclones and fires through secureNT.

The site links through to key information from other government departments, Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Power and Water.

You and your family can use it to prepare for a range of disasters.

Remember, preparation can make all the difference. So check out the site and get ready to get through.

In an emergency, secureNT will provide you regular updates, including weather reports, road closures and shelter information, through the secureNT website,Facebook and Twitter.

Always pack a radio in your emergency kit and listen to your local ABC station during an emergency.

During the Top End cyclone season, Northern Territory coastal areas, including Darwin and surrounds, are naturally prone to cyclonic events.

For the safety of yourself and your family, including the home, motor vehicles and boats, and your pets, it is vital to plan ahead. For better protection, please take the following steps -

SecureNT button

In the event of a cyclone, the secureNT website is your gateway to up-to-date information.

Up-to-date information on weather forecasts, warnings, and tracking maps are available via the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Surgery bookings, Outpatient clinics or treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre

  • Royal Darwin Hospital patients who are booked for surgery, outpatient clinics or treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre will normally be contacted if appointments need to be postponed or changed. If you have any questions, please call the hospital on 8922 8888 to receive information on booking.
  • Gove District Hospital can be contacted on 8987 0211 to receive advice on bookings

Cyclone Kit Health Advice

Every Top End household should have a Cyclone Kit ready at the start of cyclone season. Your cyclone kit should include:

  • Enough non-perishable food to feed your household for three days
  • Regular medications such as blood pressure medication, insulin or ventolin if you or someone in your household regularly takes them
  • Emergency medications if you or someone in your household requires them for conditions such as epilepsy or possible anaphylactic reactions
  • First Aid Kit
  • Nappies, formula and other items needed if you have a baby
  • Enough clean drinking water to last your household three days (each person needs access to 5 litres per day)

72-Hour Emergency Food Kit Shopping List

For a family of four (2 adults and 2 children)

The 72-hour emergency food kit shopping list assumes no fresh food or refrigeration is available. All these items are readily accessible on supermarket shelves.


750g breakfast cereal e.g. weetbix, natural muesli

5 packets low-fat 2 minute noodles

500g rice

250g dehydrated potato

Stir through pasta sauce

500g pasta

5x250g packets dry biscuits

500g processed cheddar cheese

425g can tuna

6x420g assorted can vegetables

4x425g cans meat and vegetable ready meals

2x440g baked beans

6x30g dried fruit

3x825g assorted cans fruit

4 litres UHT milk or 500g powdered milk

4 litres UHT milk or 500g powdered milk


60 litres water (5 litres per person per day)


peanut butter, vegemite, jam, honeynuts and/or dried fruit1 litre UHT custard
packet soup mixtea, coffee, milo or alternativesnack bars e.g. plain muesli bars
1 kg self raising flour2 litre long life fruit juice1kg sugar
plain sweet biscuits

Additional Items

essential medicines

extra water or plan to obtain water for washing and cooking

battery operated radio

first aid kit

portable cooker (i.e. gas with spare canisters)

can opener

essential items for infants (i.e. formula)

cooking and eating utensils

candles or gas lantern and matches

torch and batteries

Food safety guidelines

You can supplement your emergency food kit by utilising food in your refrigerator and freezer but if power has failed for longer than a day, food in refrigerators may be unsafe to eat.

Tips for consuming refrigerated/frozen food safely during power outage:

  • Don't open your fridge or freezer door unnecessarily.
  • Eat perishable foods in your fridge first (such as dairy or meat) as they will spoil faster than frozen food.
  • Food in the freezer will start to thaw unless freezer was previously stocked with ice.
  • Partly thawed food should be eaten immediately, or may be cooked thoroughly and refrozen or refrigerated but do not refreeze partly thawed food.