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 remain on a Red Alert for some time so people will need to be patient. This is because the system is large and slow. It has brought strong winds to the area and will slowly move over land late this afternoon, meaning that the highly dangerous winds and rain are expected to continue today and 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.• If you lose power keep the fridge closed to prevent food spoilage.
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 and Pardoo, extending inland to Marble Bar and Nullagine. 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 Sandfire and Wallal and between Nullagine and Newman 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.
An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in or near the coastal communities from Dampier to Whim Creek, including Karratha, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne and Millstream. The threat has passed in these areas but take care to avoid any potential dangers caused by damage. WHAT TO DO:DFES's State Emergency Service (SES) advises: • If returning to the areas, take the roads recommended by authorities and do not hurry,obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.• Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.• Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.• Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
CYCLONE WARNING is current for people in or near coastal areas from Sandfire Roadhouse to Whim Creek, including Tom Price. You should review your family cyclone plan and the community alerts system, and make sure everyone knows what to do. Organise an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
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