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Media Release

Don’t let the storm season leave you in its trail of destruction
Saturday 5 May 2012 – 9:00 AM

People are being urged to start preparing their homes for the storm season this week.

Chief Executive Officer Wayne Gregson said Storm Awareness Week (5 - 12 May) was a reminder that the storm season is here and people need to get their homes ready while conditions are still mild.

“Between May and October each year, storms hit southern parts of Western Australia, causing damage to homes and businesses from fallen trees, flooding and hail,” Mr Gregson said.

“FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers can help with temporary repairs to severe damage, but we want the community to help prevent the destruction in the first place.”

“Now is the time for you to remove loose branches, clear gutters and secure your garden furniture and sheds.”

“Mother Nature can wreak havoc when you least expect it, bringing thousands of dollars of damage and destruction to your home, business or car.”

Heavy rainfall has already hit the metropolitan area this year, with SES volunteers receiving more than 50 calls for help last week.

Last storm season, SES volunteers responded to more than 99 separate storm incidents across the lower part of southern Western Australia, giving more than 6,872 hours of their own time to help the community.

To prepare for this year’s storm season, people should:
• trim branches around the home to prevent them falling on a roof or car
• hire a contractor to clear trees from powerlines
• clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages so they don’t overflow after heavy rain
• store or weigh down loose objects around the home like outdoor furniture, playground equipment and sheds.

Residents who have been affected by severe weather and require emergency assistance for temporary repairs that they can’t fix themselves can call the SES on 132 500.

More information about what to do before, during and after a storm is available at www.fesa.wa.gov.au

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