What is a Storm?

Storms develop when warm, humid air near the ground is pushed rapidly upwards into an unstable atmosphere. Storms may bring heavy rain, damaging winds, lightning, hail, floods and tornadoes to the southern half of Western Australia between May and October each year. However storms can occur during the warmer months so it is important to stay prepared all year round.

Why Prepare for Storms?

Damaging winds, flash floods, lightning, hail and tornados can cause damage to homes, cars and the environment. They can even cause injury or loss of life. Most storm damage to homes occurs from:

  • loose and broken roof materials
  • fallen trees and branches
  • flooding from blocked gutters and downpipes

People can stay safe and reduce damage to their homes by being prepared.

How to Prepare

Preparing your family and home for a storm is your
responsibility. If you live in a storm prone area, you should
make it a priority between March and May to get your home
ready inside and out. There are a few simple steps that could
help you minimise damage:

• 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
• Prepare an emergency plan including a relocation plan in
case your home becomes flooded. Consider what you will do with your pets and know how to turn off the gas, electricity and water supplies (refer to the DFES website for more information)
• Display a list of emergency phone numbers
• Check you have adequate home and contents insurance

When a storm is forecast

  • Secure or remove loose material and rubbish from around your home or work because of strong winds. These items can be deadly

  • Weigh down loose objects with sand filled plastic bags or tie them down

  • Ensure your emergency kit is up to date

  • Ensure your pets and animals are in a safe area

  • move your vehicles under cover

  • If you are away from your home you should contact family or friends to ensure your home is secure

  • Construction sites should have all lose materials tied or weighed down

  • Campers should find alternative accommodation

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During the storm

  • Close your curtains and blinds and stay inside away from windows

  • If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, metal objects, storm water drains, rivers and streams

  • If doing water activities leave the water

  • If there is lightning unplug electrical appliances and do not use landline telephones

  •  If there is flooding you can create your own sandbags by using plastic bags or pillow cases filled with sand

  • If you are driving in heavy rain take extra care on the roads:

  • slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers

  • If you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears

  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

After a storm

• Assess your home and property for damage
• Check on friends and neighbours to see if they need help
• Keep children away from flooded drains, rivers, streams
and waterways
• Keep away from fallen powerlines as they are dangerous
and should always be treated as live
• Be careful of fallen trees and damaged buildings
• If driving slow down, keep a safe distance from other
drivers and take care in areas that have been flooded
• If roads are flooded do not drive into water of unknown
depth and current
• Avoid gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy,
and vehicles could become bogged

 For further information please visit:




Emergency Management Service
9290 6696

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