Emergency Advice

Tropical Cyclone Advice

The Bureau of Meteorology issues Tropical Cyclone Warning Advice

  • Tropical Cyclone Advices are issued whenever a tropical cyclone is expected to cause winds in excess of 62 km/h (gale force) over land in Australia*.

    A tropical cyclone advice may be a watch and/or a warning, depending on when and where the gales are expected to develop.

When is a Tropical Cyclone Advice issued?

  • A tropical cyclone watch is issued for coastal communities when the onset of gales is expected within 48 hours, but not within 24 hours.
  • A tropical cyclone warning is issued for coastal communities when the onset of gales is expected within 24 hours, or are already occurring

Impact on University activities

  • A Tropical Cyclone Watch or Warning that affects a Campus / Centre does not automatically mean that the Campus / Centre is closed.  Staff are still expected to attend work unless the Vice-Chancellor declares a “Closure” to a Campus / Centre.

There may be other emergency events that threaten to affect University campuses, such as fire, flood, or earthquakes. The actions and communications via email, SMS and website may be applied in these events, as deemed appropriate.

Communications Protocol

Action

Email

CDU SMS
Register in “eCentre”

CDU Website

Tropical Cyclone Watch
Staff in all areas should check their Cyclone Management Plan and begin preparations in readiness for the possibility of the status being upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Warning.
Read more about cyclone preparation procedures (PDF 242KB).

An “All staff” email will advise that one or more University Campuses/Centres are affected by a Tropical Cyclone Watch.

 

Not used at this point

No changes to the CDU website.

Tropical Cyclone Warning
Staff in all areas should complete the actions on their Cyclone Management Plan.

An “All staff” email will advise that one or more University Campuses/Centres are affected by a Tropical Cyclone Warning.

 

A SMS will be sent to advise that one or more campuses are affected by a Tropical Cyclone Warning.

 

No changes to the CDU website.

Campus Closure

An “All-staff” email will advise that the University is closing one or more Campuses/Centres due to a Tropical Cyclone.

A SMS will be sent to advise that one or more campuses are closed due to a Tropical Cyclone.

The CDU website will be updated to include a page with the details of the Campuses/ Centres closure.

Campus
Re-opening

An “All-staff” email will advise details of the re-opening of Campuses/Centres.

A SMS will be sent to advise staff as to when they may return to work.

The CDU website will be updated to include the details of the Campuses /Centres re-opening.

In addition to the actions listed above, the activation of the “Closure” or “Re-opening” responses will also involve the use of additional media, including radio, Facebook, Twitter, and others as appropriate.  

Should one or more University Campuses/Centres be closed, staff should monitor these channels for updates and advice as to when the Campuses/Centres will reopen.