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Media Release

Prepare now for a possible cyclone this festive season
Thursday 18 December 2014 – 11:00 AM
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is warning people in northern WA to get ready now for the wet season, with an increased risk of cyclones in the coming weeks.
DFES Country Assistant Commissioner Graham Swift said with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting an increased cyclone risk around the New Year, people in the State’s North need to prepare their homes and families before Christmas.
“Basic planning and preparation can ensure your family is on the front foot when a cyclone strikes,” Assistant Commissioner Swift said.
“This can be as simple as securing loose items around your home, trimming tree branches and preparing an emergency kit.”
Assistant Commissioner Swift said having a pre-prepared plan is one of the most effective ways to stay safe during a cyclone.
“Take some time to sit down with your family and make a plan for what you will do in the event of a cyclone,” he said.
“Having a plan in place will save precious time when a cyclone approaches.”
DFES issues alerts depending on the level of threat to the community and it is important to understand the warning levels and what you should do to help you stay safe.
A Blue Alert means you need to get ready for an imminent cyclone, a Yellow Alert means it is time to take action and move to shelter, and when a Red Alert is issued you need to stay in the strongest, safest part of the building you are in until the All Clear is given.
Cyclones can affect the Kimberley, Pilbara and Midwest Gascoyne between November and April each year, and can cause damage to homes and property and threaten lives.
“Cyclones are indiscriminate and can have significant impacts over large areas,” Assistant Commissioner Swift said.
“Take action now so you can celebrate the holiday season with peace of mind.”
You can download a copy of Cyclone Smart from the DFES website to help you develop your family’s cyclone plan.
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