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Media Release

Wet season preparations begin in Midwest Gascoyne
Wednesday 16 November 2011 – 10:35 AM

With the wet season underway, FESA is taking to local shopping centres to encourage the community to prepare for cyclones and floods.

IGA in Denham and Carnarvon will showcase information displays about the tropical cyclone season forecast and provide vital information about what to do before, during and after a cyclone or flood.

FESA Midwest Gascoyne District Manager Tim Dalwood encouraged people to come along and find out how to prepare for the busy season ahead.
 
“The best defence is to prepare your home before the season really picks up and to have a family cyclone plan,” Mr Dalwood said.
 
“A family cyclone plan involves thinking about all those last minute decisions like who will pick the kids up from school, who will get cash out, what you will do with your pets and where you will go if you are forced to relocate.
 
“Also, it’s important for people to know what to do during a cyclone. The strongest place in the house or closest welfare centre is the safest place to be, remembering to stay indoors until the all clear is given,” he said.
 
While the Midwest Gascoyne has a low risk of a direct impact by a tropical cyclone this season, the area can experience heavy rainfall, sometimes causing flooding which can isolate communities, industries and travellers.
 
Severe weather, heavy rainfall and one of the strongest La Niña’s on record resulted in extensive flooding throughout the region in late 2010 and early 2011.
 
“Last season, flooding caused several communities to be without power, water, fuel supplies, communications and essential services,” Mr Dalwood said.
 
“The clean-up continues nearly 12 months on with a damage bill estimated at around 100 million dollars,” he said.
 
Residents in the Midwest Gascoyne are being reminded to develop a family cyclone plan, reinforce windows and doors around their home, identify the safest part of their home, prepare an emergency kit including a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit and prepare sandbags in case of flooding.
 
For more information about how to prepare your home and family for a cyclone, get a copy of FESA’s Cyclone Smart Kit from www.fesa.wa.gov.au or your local State Emergency Service (SES) unit or visit us at the stalls in the shopping centres.
 
Information stalls will be on display in the following locations:
 
Shark Bay
Wednesday 16 November 9am – 2.30pm
IGA Supermarket, Knight Terrace, Denham
 
Carnarvon
Saturday 26 November 8.30am - 1.00pm
Carnarvon Central Shopping Centre, Robinson Road and Oliver Terrace, Carnarvon
 
FESA Midwest Gascoyne District Manager Tim Dalwood and local SES volunteers will be available for media interviews and photo opportunities at the information stalls.
 
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