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Media Release

Residents in WA’s south need to prepare now for extreme weather
Wednesday 26 July 2017 – 1:55 PM

Communities in the south of the State are being warned to prepare their properties as the strongest cold-front of the season is expected to hit on Thursday. 

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services Superintendent South West Peter Norman said people often underestimate the destructive power of strong winds and now is the time to take action to keep your family and property safe.  

Superintendent Norman said the Bureau of Meteorology advises damaging winds will be widespread, with destructive winds up to 90 kilometres per hour and isolated thunderstorms expected throughout the affected regions. 

“Talk to your family or housemates today about what can be done around your property to minimise any damage or serious injury. You can never be too prepared, and leaving it to the last minute can be devastating both emotionally and financially,” Superintendent Norman said. 

“Clean out your gutters, secure or remove loose items around your property and remove any overhanging tree branches.

“Ensure you have an emergency kit ready to go, including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

“Make sure animals are in a safe, wind protected area and vehicles are under cover, away from falling debris.” 

Superintendent Norman cautioned people to stay out of the water as conditions will be treacherous across coastline within the warning area.

“Don’t jeopardise your safety, it’s just not worth it. Put your fishing, boating or surfing plans on hold until the weather has passed.

“Boat owners should make sure their boats are securely moored to withstand significant wave heights.”

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. 

Last year, SES volunteers attended 658 storm related calls for assistance and invested over 8544 hours helping the community.

If your home is badly damaged and you cannot 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

 

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