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Media Release

Western Australians urged to get ready for dangerous weather
Friday 20 May 2016 – 11:00 AM

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging people across the State to get ready for the wild weather expected from this evening and into the weekend. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the first significant storm of the season will affect south west parts of the State, bringing widespread damaging winds, locally dangerous gusts and abnormally high tides.

DFES Duty Chief Superintendent Rick Curtis said people often underestimate the damage that storms and severe weather can cause to homes and property.

"People are often shocked by the path of destruction left behind after an intense storm hits,” Chief Superintendent Curtis said.

"I can’t stress enough the benefits of doing a few things around your home to prepare for the dangerous weather heading our way.

"Before the weather hits, clean your gutters, tie down or remove loose items around your property and remove any overhanging tree branches.

"Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

"Move vehicles under cover and ensure animals are in a safe area with protection from strong winds.”

Chief Superintendent Curtis warned people to stay out of the water due to high tides and dangerous surf across a large section of coastline including Perth and Geographe Bay.

"Don’t risk your safety by going boating fishing or surfing, as conditions will be dangerous.

"Boat owners should make sure their boats are securely moored.”

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and other emergency services personnel work tirelessly during and after severe weather events to clear fallen trees, make temporary repairs in areas affected by storms.

During last year’s storm season, SES volunteers attended 480 calls for help and invested over 1950 hours helping the community with repairs.

If your home is badly damaged and you can’t safely fix it yourself, call the SES on 132 500.

For tips on how to prepare your home and family for storms, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/WinterSAFE


Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955  


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