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Media Release

Updated cyclone advice for the west Kimberley area
Friday 18 December 2009 – 11:55 AM

A Cyclone watch is current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Wallal, including Broome.

 

If you live in or near Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Lombadina, Beagle Bay, Broome, Bidyadanga, Wallal and Sandfire Roadhouse know what you need to do with the approaching ex-Tropical Cyclone Laurence.

 

Over the weekend the tropical low is expected to move over open water and reintensify.

 

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.

 

There are no community alerts at present. Community alerts will be issued by FESA if the tropical low was to reintensify.

 

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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