TROPICAL CYCLONES

Summertime is tropical cyclone season in our North West. Whether you are travelling north or live in a cyclone-prone area, it’s important to know your risks and be prepared for cyclones and flooding.

Tropical cyclones can impact the north west coast from November to April. Other areas like the Midwest-Gascoyne and Midlands Goldfields often experience flooding as a cyclone moves south.

Cyclones can be severe, and cross the WA coast every year with destructive winds, torrential rainfall, flooding, dangerous storm surge and heavy swells.

Your safety is your responsibly. Be the calm before the storm and follow the advice below to get prepared, stay informed and keep safe during the cyclone season.

For detailed advice on preparing for a cyclone download the Tropical Cyclones and Flooding Factsheet.

Know the warning system

For current cyclone alerts and warnings visit Emergency WA.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issues tropical cyclone advice to the public in the form of a Cyclone Watch and Cyclone Warning and provides a tracking map that shows the cyclone’s current location. DFES then issues community alerts to keep people informed and safe.

The alert level changes to reflect the increasing risk to your life and advises what you need to do before, during and after a cyclone.

Be prepared when travelling

To ensure you are prepared for a cyclone when travelling in the North West

Boat and caravan owners

If you own a boat and/or a caravan, ensure you are aware of the following:

Prepare your home

Although many areas won't experience a cyclone for years, there is always the chance your community will be impacted during cyclone season. It is important to maintain homes and shelters so that they will protect you and your family.

To prepare your family and home for a cyclone, it is important to:

    • Prepare your home for flooding if you are close to the coast or in a low-lying area

    • Understand the cyclone warning systems and how to stay informed

    • Prepare a cyclone plan with your family

    • Prepare an emergency kit and at least 5 days’ supplies

    • Secure outdoor items and structures

    • Check walls, roof, eaves, and doors are secure

    • Cover with board or tape windows

    • Trim tree branches

    • Consider the needs of vulnerable people in your family, and pets.

    For detailed advice on protecting your home from flooding with sandbags, download the Sandbag Guide.

    Stay informed

    When a cyclone is approaching community alerts will be issued on the radio and other media. Listen carefully and do what the alerts say to stay safe.

    We recommend you use a range of sources to keep informed about weather conditions and current alerts. You can find information through the following:

    DFES Public information line: 13 3337
    BoM cyclone information line: 1300 659 210