COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:A RED ALERT is current for people in or near the coastal communities of Pardoo to Whim Creek. This includes people in Port Hedland and South Hedland. There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately. It is likely that communities in the north west will be on a Red Alert for some time, potentially up to 36 hours, so people will need to be patient. This is because the system is large and slow. It has brought strong winds to the area despite being off the coast and will slowly move over the area, meaning that the highly dangerous winds and rain are expected to continue into tomorrow. By now, everyone should have their emergency kit together, and should be sheltering either in a welfare centre or in the strongest, safest part of a building. WHAT TO DO:DFES's State Emergency Service (SES) advises:• You need to get ready to move to the strongest, safest part of your house or go to your closest welfare centre if advised to do so. • Keep your emergency kit with you. • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.• Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.
RELOCATION CENTRES:The Department for Child Protection advises that two relocation centres have been opened. These are:• Andrew McLaughlin Community Centre in Keesing Street in Port Hedland • Wanangkura Recreation Centre in Hamilton Road South Hedland
Be aware that only essential items can be taken into welfare centres – alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited. A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the coastal communities of Wallal to Pardoo, extending inland to Marble Bar. There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area. You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone. WHAT TO DO:DFES's State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to:• Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles. • Move vehicles under cover. • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.• Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit. • Be aware that shops may now be closing.
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near coastal communities of Bidyadanga to Wallal and Whim Creek to Mardie, including Karratha and extending to inland communities including Nullagine and Millstream. Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date. WHAT TO DO:DFES's State Emergency Service (SES) advises:• You need to get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out • Secure or remove loose material from around your home. • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.
CYCLONE WATCH is current for people in or near adjacent inland communities of the Pilbara including Tom Price, Newman and Telfer. You should prepare your home inside and out. Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone through radio, television or the internet. CYCLONE DETAILS:For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
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