Important advice for those helping in the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia

When it’s safe to do so, we encourage potential volunteers to help their family, friends, neighbours and any groups or associations they’re already connected with locally for recovery efforts.

You can also register with us online.

Please take care during the clean-up phase:

  • Wear sturdy closed-in shoes, gloves, a hat and use sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Be aware of the main risks and what’s going on around you - injuries such as falls and snake bites, superficial skin infections, and possible mosquito-borne infections in the weeks following the cyclone.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with floodwaters.
  • Practice high levels of personal hygiene, wash your hands regularly with soap and clean water or alcohol-based hand rub. Cover any cuts and grazes with sterile waterproof dressings.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking clean water.
  • Take regular breaks.

Please see Queensland Health’s Facebook page for important information on:

  • Being tetanus smart: Tetanus is contracted through a cut or wound which becomes contaminated by the bacteria. Some wounds are more likely to encourage growth of tetanus bacteria, especially any type of penetrating wound, such as from a rusty nail, or a wound contaminated with soil or foreign objects such as wood fragments. Cover up any existing wounds before starting clean-up activities or entering flood waters, and clean any wounds with soap and water. Vaccination is the best way to protect against tetanus, so if you do sustain a tetanus-prone injury, seek medical attention immediately. More information on vaccinations and symptoms.
  • Making sure your water is safe to drink.
  • Checking your food is safe to eat – remember if in doubt, throw it out.
  • Handling and disposing of asbestos.

Picture: AFP Source: The Australian