With Tropical Cyclone Debbie expected to make landfall in north Queensland on Tuesday 28 March, Red Cross is warning people in the cyclone's path to take extra care and look out for each other.
Debbie is likely to be a category 4 cyclone by the time it makes landfall near Ayr, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. It will bring damaging winds with gusts of up to 260km near the centre. High tides may occur between Lucinda and Mackay, as well as large waves along the beachfront.
Coastal communities in Cyclone Debbie's path have already begun to evacuate, while schools are closing from Ayr to Proserpine.
"We're asking everyone in cyclone-affected areas to do three important things: stay safe, let people know where you are, and look out for your neighbours," said Leisa Bourne, State Director for Australian Red Cross in Queensland.
"Stay updated on the cyclone's progress and be prepared to evacuate if you need to. Think carefully about what to take with you - including items that might be previous or irreplaceable."
Red Cross is working with the Queensland Government to support those affected by the cyclone and has launched its Register.Find.Reunite service.
"If you're in an area affected by this cyclone, please use this service to let family, friends and emergency services know that you're okay," Leisa said.
"Finally, think about who in your family, your street or your neighbourhood might need some extra help. If you can, check that they're okay and prepared; and keep an eye out for them over the next few days.
"This is a very powerful and destructive cyclone. We ask everyone in its path to take special care and look after one another.
"We're there for you: now and in the days and weeks to come."
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