Warnings and other emergency information are available to local radio and television stations for broadcast. Tune into your local radio station for the latest emergency information:
- ABC Far North — 106.7FM, 95.7FM, 720AM
- 4AM — 558AM, 91.3FM
- HIT FM — 97.9FM
- KIK FM — 88.7FM, 87.3FM
The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is an audible signal broadcast via media in an emergency situation. This would typically occur in an area where a tropical cyclone of category 3 or stronger is expected to affect a community within 12 hours. If you hear the SEWS siren you should stop what you are doing and listen very carefully — your life may depend on it!
Normal communication channels, such as landlines, mobile phones and the internet, can fail during or immediately after a disaster. If they fail, the UHF Citizen’s Band radio network (UHF-CB) is a good alternative. UHF-CB Channel 10 is designated as the alternative initial contact for use in a disaster event, or when standard communications, such as landlines and mobiles, have failed. This is not meant to replace normal communication channels, but to provide a back-up or alternative system if required.
For general enquiries contact the Senior Advisor Disaster Management on during office hours.
A member of the Local Disaster Management Group is available to speak to school groups, non-government and volunteer organisations and other agencies interested in disaster management measures. Contact us on 1300 362 242 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.