One year on from storm destruction prompts safety reminder
This week marks one year on from the destructive storms and bad weather that impacted southern parts of Western Australia, including the Perth metropolitan area, last June.
On Thursday 7 June 2012, a tornado ripped through the suburbs of Dianella and Morley, and three days later, storms caused widespread destruction in southern parts of the State.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) District Officer Glenn Hall said the anniversary of the severe weather event should serve as reminder for people to prepare for storms and tidy up around their home before the peak of the season this year.
“The sheer force of the wild weather we experienced was astonishing, and, one year on from these incidents, it’s a timely reminder for people to ensure they are prepared for severe weather.
“Storms can bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding, particularly during the peak of the season in June and July.
“While severe weather cannot be prevented, your level of preparation can determine how quickly you and your family will get back on your feet if you are impacted.
“If it is safe to do so, clear your gutters and downpipes, trim tree branches and secure loose objects around your home, and if you aren’t able to complete these jobs on your own ask for help.”
District Officer Hall said during the series of strong cold fronts in June 2012, the State Emergency Service (SES) answered more than 1,500 requests for assistance – homes were left uninhabitable and businesses were extensively damaged.
The coastal suburbs of Cockburn, Rockingham and Mandurah, as well as Bunbury in the South West region, sustained the most damage.
“SES volunteers and career and volunteer firefighters responded across the metropolitan area to make temporary repairs to homes with major structural damage,” District Officer Hall said.
“In total, more than 650 personnel from the SES, career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Emergency Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Services, and Urban Search and Rescue teams were involved in the storm recovery effort.
The SES recommends a number of safety measures to prepare your home for the storm season including:
• trimming branches around the home to prevent them falling on roofs or cars
• hiring a contractor to clear trees from power lines
• clearing gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages so they don’t overflow after heavy rain
• checking the roof for cracked ridge capping, loose tiles or loose nails.
For advice about what to do before, during and after a storm visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au
END Media contact: DFES Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955.