Dangerous storms are a common natural hazard in Western Australia. Each year from April to October, storms, including, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds impact the Shire of Denmark and can cause severe damage to properties and the environment.
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. The financial and community cost can be lessened with better planning and by preparing your home and family to stay safe and reduce the damage.
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 & 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 Strikes
- Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, in the strongest part of the house.
- 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 watercourses.
- Don't go sight-seeing, stay at home and provide assistance to others.