With dark skies, heavy rain, lightning flashes and thunderclaps, storms can be loud and startling, but if you’re prepared you don’t need to be scared.
When a storm is passing through, it’s best that you, your household and your pets stay indoors.
Storms can be especially scary for children, so if you know that a storm is coming then it’s a good idea to talk to them about what to expect.
During a severe storm it’s best that you stay indoors, avoid being on the road and park your car undercover.
If the storm or resulting flooding is threatening your home or property you should relocate to a safer place, if it is safe to do so.
Leaving at the last minute can be dangerous as roads may be blocked.
Even if you have planned well, life threatening situations can still happen. Your shelter could be damaged, or someone could become ill or injured. For life threatening emergencies call 000.
Emergency responders will try to come to your aid. However, there may be delays due to the dangerous conditions.
Once the storm risk has passed and the warning has been cancelled, you can leave your property, but you must do so with caution and follow all of the safety advice in the official warning.
Your property may be damaged and unsafe. If you need temporary emergency repairs to make your home safe, such as for a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the State Emergency Service on 132 500 to request assistance.
If an area is under immediate threat from a natural disaster, such as a bushfire or flooding, or has been damaged and impacted by an incident, a restricted incident area may be declared to keep community members and emergency services personnel safe. To travel in these incident areas, a restricted access permit is needed.
For more information, including how to get a permit, please visit the incident areas and permits to enter page.
DFES will provide storm warning updates as the information changes.
Always have your battery powered AM/FM radio with you and listen for emergency broadcasts on local ABC Radio.