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Act During a Storm

When a storm is passing through, it is best to stay indoors where possible.

DFES’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe when bad weather starts:

  • Listen to ABC or local radio for storm alerts and weather conditions
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows
  • If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home
  • Park your vehicle undercover and away from trees
  • If you are driving during a storm:
    • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current
    • Slow down and turn headlights on
    • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris
    • If visibility is poor put on your hazard lights and pull over to the side of the road in a safe area until conditions improve

Download the ‘During a Storm’ fact sheet


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