Cyclone outlook to be released as people urged to prepare
With the start of the Wet Season next month, FESA and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) will begin their pre-season awareness tour in Broome on Monday 15 October.
FESA Kimberley District Officer Matt Reimer said the aim of the tour was to educate people about what to expect and how to prepare for the 2012-13 season.
The Bureau’s tropical cyclone seasonal forecast will be released on the same day.
“The tour provides local emergency services providers, communities and travellers to the North West of Western Australia with vital information about what to do before, during and after a cyclone,” Mr Reimer said.
“The threat of cyclones is very real, with five tropical cyclones forming off the coast last season.
“Cyclones can result in heavy rain, flooding and destructive winds, leaving many people in need of emergency assistance. It’s usual for one or two towns to be cut off from essential services each year.
“Whether you live, work or travel in the North West, you need to know the community cyclone alerts system and the steps that must be taken for each.”
Talk to your family about your cyclone plan and make sure everyone knows what to do, particularly during a Red Alert when you need to take shelter immediately and stay indoors until the All Clear is given.
People in the Kimberley are being reminded to prepare now for the season by:
• Checking all cyclone shutters or screens on doors and windows.
• Organising an emergency kit including a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries, mobile phone, first aid kit and enough food and water for at least four days.
• Making arrangements to properly secure any caravans, boats or trailers, particularly if you intend to go away for extended periods of time.
For more information about how to prepare your home and family for a cyclone or flood, get a copy of FESA’s Cyclone Smart or Flood Smart
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