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Media Release

Prepare for more dangerous weather in the South West and Perth metropolitan areas
Monday 11 June 2012 – 2:35 PM

FESA is urging residents to prepare their homes if they have not already done so as dangerous weather is expected to continue throughout the week.

Another deep, low and intense cold front is expected over the next few days across the South West and metropolitan areas, with the most severe weather predicted to hit from late tomorrow afternoon and evening.
 
People should stay well clear of powerlines, fallen trees and damaged buildings and be extremely careful when driving.

 

Bureau of Meteorology Manager of Weather Services Grahame Reader said the next weather event will be similar in strength to the system that affected the South West yesterday.

 

“The intense cold front in the south of the state will result in destructive wind gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour, dangerous surf, high tides as well as showers and thunderstorms,” Mr Reader said.
 
FESA Assistant Chief Operations Officer, Brad Stringer said those who had not prepared their homes and families should do so and asked residents to be patient if waiting for assistance from the SES.
 
“Everyone should have an emergency kit with a battery powered radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit,” Mr Stringer said.
 
“Secure anything that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury, ensure pets and loved ones are in a safe area and check on friends, family and neighbours to see if they need help.

 

“People should be aware that power lines are down in some areas and these should be treated as being live, even if they appear not to be, and should be kept well clear of.
 
“Volunteers from SES, Bushfire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, career firefighters and teams from Urban Search and Rescue are working around the clock responding to more than 700 requests for assistance.
 

“So, we ask you to only call the SES with major damage that you are unable to fix yourself safely and provide as much information as possible to the operator about your situation.”

SES volunteers are focusing their efforts on assessing levels of damage and carrying out high priority temporary repairs.

Volunteers will not attend to trees that have fallen on fences, broken fences or if there is debris around your property or in your pool.
 
People with damage to their homes and businesses should contact their insurance providers for assistance with repairs or make private arrangements.
 
Calls are placed in a queue and answered as soon as possible. Requests for assistance are prioritised with the most urgent jobs, such as major structural damage, attended to first.
 
If you have not yet prepared your home:
• Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury
• Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
• Move vehicles under cover
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
• If you are away from home, contact family and/or friends to prepare your property
• Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
• Boat owners should securely moor their boats
• Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
 
If your home has been damaged:
• Be careful of debris and damaged buildings
• If asbestos has been damaged on your property you should seek professional advice before attempting any repairs or clean up because it could be dangerous
• If your home has structural damage like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500
• Take photographs as soon as possible for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs
• Start cleaning up around your home – stack loose material such as branches and debris away from water meters, valves and telephone lines.
 

If driving:
• Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
• If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.
• Take care in areas that have been flooded and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• If you are in the country be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.
• Be alert at road intersections, railroad crossing and boom gates where traffic control lights aren't working. Normal Road Traffic Code provisions apply at these intersections.

For information about what to do before, during or after a storm visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au 
 
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