MP calls for cyclone protocol

AS the community of the Whitsundays gets back to life after Cyclone ului, Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt has called for a protocol to be developed informing people of what to expect after a cyclone had passed.

Ms Jarratt said that Ului had been a valuable lesson for many, who had been caught unawares when the power supply was cut, leaving people without access to ATMs, food outlets, supermarkets and petrol stations.

“I was distressed to hear so many young travellers say that they hadn’t eaten because they could not get money out of the ATMs and that had turned their holiday into a nightmare,” Ms Jarratt said.

"A simple brochure that could be printed off and given to every person at each accommodation house would go a long way bridging this information gap.”

Ms Jarratt said that while it was early days in the post cyclone cycle, she would be writing to both the Tourism Minister and the Minister for Emergency Services to seek their support for such an initiative.

She is also interested to hear feedback from local tourism operators and even travellers about the idea.

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