Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia
and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes,
floods and bush fires.
Each year from May to October,
storms, including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale
force winds impact Western Australia causing major destruction.
As storms are unpredictable, felt locally and happen in smaller
areas 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.
Before the storm season
Trim tree branches well clear of your house.
Have a portable radio and torch with fresh batteries.
Have a first aid kit (and basic knowledge).
List your emergency contact numbers.
Clear property of loose objects.
Clean and check roof, guttering and down pipes.
Have masking tape (for glass), plastic sheeting and large garbage bags (for
emergency rain protection).
As the storm approaches
Listen to radio for information.
Shelter and secure pets and animals.
Shelter vehicles or cover with tarpaulin/blankets.
Disconnect all electrical appliances.
Tape (cross fashion 'X') or cover large windows to minimize damage.
When the storm arrives
Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, in the strongest part of the
If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress, blanket, doona or tarpaulin or
sit under a table.
Listen to your portable radio for storm updates.
If outdoors find emergency shelter ( NOT under a tree).
If driving, STOP clear of trees, power lines or streams.
Avoid using the telephone during the storm.
After the storm passes
Check your house for damage.
Listen to the radio for warnings/advice.
If you need emergency assistance, consult your emergency assistance list.
If you don't need help, check your neighbours.
Beware of fallen power lines, trees, damaged buildings and flooded
Don't go sight seeing, stay at home and provide assistance to others.