Summer Planning Toolkit modules

Module 1: Natural disasters and emergencies

Cyclones

Cyclones

Cyclones typically impact the northern part of Australia between November and April. The Australian region sees an average of approximately 11 cyclones per year, however, typically only four or five will reach land.

While there has not been an overall increase in frequency of cyclones, the trend of warming oceans linked with human induced climate change may heighten the likelihood of extreme rainfall events in the short to medium term 7.

If your practice is located in a region that experiences cyclones, it is important to ensure that you and your team are well prepared. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology provides continuous updates on weather events in Australia including current cyclones and the outlook for 2022 to 2023.  The RACGP’s Managing emergencies in general practice guide provides advice on emergency planning and response, which is particularly useful in areas that are likely to experience multiple cyclones or heavy rainfall events during the wet season.

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