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One Tweed family has been busy preparing for a cyclone, even if it was artificially created.

On the first day of summer, Catalyst viewers will see the result when ‘Tropical Cyclone Jonica’ hits Dale and Paul and their four kids at their waterside home at Tweed Heads.

The ‘cyclone’, part of a Catalyst investigation into how prepared we are for natural disasters, saw teams of local SES volunteers pounding the house with water from pressurised hoses for upwards of three hours.

The lifelike simulation left the family reeling.

‘Water is coming up through the plumbing,’ said Dale at one point during the exercise.

‘I’m just scared the water will come up so much it will fill the whole house,’ adds one of the children.

The family don’t welcome the mud and tree branches dumped in their kitchen terribly well either.

Together with a similar bushfire scenario, the Tweed ‘cyclone’ was created in consultation with top experts from the Bureau of Meteorology, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service, Disaster Australia, Geoscience Australia and the Floodplain Management Association.

It will screen as part of the Catalyst program ‘Don’t Panic’ on ABC1 on Sunday, December 1, at 7.30pm.


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