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Media Release

Bad weekend weather prompts safety advice
Friday 20 September 2013 – 4:00 PM

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging people to ensure their homes and families are prepared ahead of bad weather expected over the next four days.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has advised thunderstorms, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are forecast for the Perth metropolitan area, as well as southern and central parts of the State.

DFES State Duty Director Gary Gifford said the weather could cause damage to homes and property, and make road conditions hazardous.

"We will see the return of more winter weather from late tomorrow until early Tuesday and with many people planning activities over the weekend, it is important you are prepared,” Assistant Commissioner Gifford said.

"Make sure you secure loose objects around your home 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."

Assistant Commissioner Gifford said DFES had raised its level of preparedness and was alerting other key agencies in preparation for the bad weather, and volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) were ready to assist the community if required.

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars.

If your home has been badly damaged by storm, call the SES on 132 500.

For assistance with permanent repairs, contact your insurance company.

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

For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au.

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