The Department of Fire and
Emergency Services is urging the public to prepare their properties for severe
weather, with winter now in full swing.
Two separate weather systems
impacted the WA coast this week, causing heavy rainfall and damaging winds from
Karratha to Walpole.
Fire and Emergency Services
Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM said this type of weather would become more
frequent in southern Western Australia over the coming months and it was vital
people took the time to prepare their properties now.
“Storm damage is often
preventable and many households underestimate the impact severe weather can
have on their properties during winter,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“Preparation is the key to
minimising any impact a storm can have on your home or your family.
“Cleaning gutters, clearing
debris around the property, tying down loose items and trimming overhanging
tree branches are simple ways to prepare a home for severe weather.
“Also have an emergency kit
including a battery-operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first-aid kit –
this could save precious time during an emergency.”
Commissioner Klemm said State
Emergency Service units had experienced a busy start to the year as a result of
former Tropical Cyclone Seroja and it was important the public took steps to
reduce the workload and impact on volunteers this winter.
“Many of the requests for
assistance volunteers receive could be prevented by taking a few simple steps
around the home before a storm arrives,” he said.
“If your home is badly damaged
during a storm and you are unable to safely fix it, call the SES on 132 500.
“Keep up-to-date by visiting
emergency.wa.gov.au, calling 13 DFES, following DFES on Facebook and Twitter
and listening to local radio and other news bulletins.
“And once the storm has passed,
be aware of hazards such as falling trees or branches and downed powerlines.”