Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia.
Every year from May to October, storms including tornados, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds cause major destruction to the southern half of WA.
As storms are unpredictable and generally impact a small area, their devastating impact is often underestimated.
Storms not only cause damage to homes, property and businesses, they also pose a threat to people, animals and the environment.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and families for storms:
- Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car.
- Clear gutters and downpipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain.
- Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work, such as outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.
- Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
- Have an emergency plan ready to put into action, including a relocation plan for your family and pets in case your home becomes flooded.
Remember, if a storm has badly damaged your home and you can't safely fix it yourself,
SES volunteers are there to help. If you need assistance call 132 500.
Keep up-to-date during a storm by visiting emergency.wa.gov.au, calling 13 DFES, following DFES on Facebook and Twitter and listening to ABC local radio and other news bulletins.
For information on how to prepare you home for potential flooding using sandbags, click here.