Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia.
Each year from May to October, storms, including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds cause major destruction to the southern half of the State from Kalbarri to Israelite Bay. They are unpredictable and the damage they can cause should not be underestimated.
Most storm damage to homes occurs from loose and broken roof materials, fallen trees / branches, and flooding from blocked gutters and downpipes.
You can stay safe and help to reduce the potential for damage to your home by being prepared. Preparing your home is your responsibility.
Make preparing your home inside and out a priority, and take these few simple steps to minimise damage from storms.
- Check your roof and gutters for damage or loose material.
- Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages.
- Trim branches near your home and hire a contractor to clear trees from powerlines.
- Clear rubbish from your yard, balcony or patio and put away any loose objects.
- Prepare an emergency kit with portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit and family emergency plan.
- Ensure your family understand storms and the risks associated with them.
- Prepare an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded.
- Have a list of emergency phone numbers at hand.
Other things that you may wish to consider:
- What you will do with your pets?
- Do you know how to turn off the gas, electricity and water supplies to your home?
- Have you got adequate home and contents insurance?
You can keep up to date with latest storm warnings and advice via the following: