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Media Release

Cyclone advice for Mitchell Plateau to Wyndham, WA
Friday 11 December 2009 – 7:30 PM

People in the Kimberley between Mitchell Plateau and Wyndham need to get ready for a possible cyclone.

 

If you live in the town of Wyndham or communities of Oombulgurri, Kalumburu and Faraway Bay, know what you need to do with the development of a Tropical Low off the Western Australian coast.

 

Remember that preparing your home and family for a cyclone is your responsibility.

 

FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to:

·         Review your family cyclone plan and make sure

        everyone knows what to do.

·         Prepare your home inside and out.

·         Organise an emergency kit with a portable battery

        operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid

        kit.

·         Know the community cyclone alert system and the

        steps that must be taken for each.

 

Community alerts will be issued by FESA if the cyclone comes closer.

 

There are four stages of alerts – Blue, Yellow, Red and All Clear.

·        BLUE ALERT means prepare for dangerous

       weather.

·        YELLOW ALERT means take action and get ready

        to go to shelter.

·         RED ALERT means go to shelter immediately.

·        ALL CLEAR means that wind and storm surge

       dangers have passed but you need to take care to

       avoid the dangers caused by damage.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

·         People needing SES assistance can call 132 500. 

·         In a life threatening situation call 000.

·         For weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call

        1300 659 210.

 

For more cyclone safety tips visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au

 

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