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Media Release

Pack for survival this wet season
Wednesday 20 March 2013 – 9:00 AM

People are being reminded while there is a break in the monsoon in the North West of the State, the season isn’t over yet.

Packing an emergency kit and having it ready to go if an emergency occurs is one of the best ways people and travellers can stay prepared for flooding and cyclones.

At the end of last month, the Pilbara took a battering from Tropical Cyclone Rusty when dangerous winds, heavy rain and flooding caused damage to homes and property, isolated small communities and forced roads to close.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Superintendent Pilbara John Newman said that most people in the community were well prepared for the cyclone but there was always room for improvement.

“One of the best ways you can stay prepared for cyclones and floods is to have an emergency kit,” Mr Newman said.

“An emergency kit is essential for short term survival as it provides vital items for you and your family such as food, water, first aid, a torch and a battery operated radio.

“Keep your kit in a handy place within the home or vehicle if travelling and make sure everyone knows where it is.

“Having an emergency kit ready to go could be your key to survival."

An emergency kit should include a first aid kit, torch, battery operated portable radio, spare batteries, water bottles, canned food, a portable cooking device and special needs for pets.

If you live in a cyclone or flood prone area, a relocation kit is also useful to have in addition to your emergency kit. This kit helps people should they need to be away from their home for an extended period.

A relocation kit could include spare clothing, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, towels, toiletries, strong waterproof plastic bags and containers for important documents, photos and valuables, tent or tarpaulin, spare mobile phone charger, spare batteries, spare house keys, bottled water and non-perishable food.

If people are relocating to a welfare centre, they should also try and take their own bedding, toiletries and enough food for their own needs as not all the necessary supplies may be available.

DFES Superintendent Kimberley Grant Pipe said the Kimberley has remained largely unscathed so far this wet season but warned people still needed to be vigilant.

“Cyclones and floods are serious business and people should not get complacent,” Mr Pipe.

“If you live in cyclone or flood prone areas make sure you have an emergency kit and a relocation kit and if you are a traveller, head to a main town and seek shelter when a cyclone is forecast.”

For more helpful advice to stay safe, you can find a Cyclone Smart or Flood Smart kit at your local SES unit or for more information visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

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