Residents in WA’s south need to prepare now for extreme weather
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
Last year, SES volunteers attended 658 storm
related calls for assistance and invested over 8544 hours helping the
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