Local State Emergency Service Volunteers from the Hedland SES Unit are urging the community to prepare their family and property ahead of this years cyclone/flood season.
Hedland SES Local Manager, Keith Squibb said it was essential that everyone knew their cyclone risk and had prepared a cyclone plan.
“On average five cyclones occur off Western Australia’s (WA) north-west coast each year, of these, two directly impact the coast and affect local communities. If you live in the Pilbara/Kimberley you live in a cyclone prone region of WA, as a priority you need to get ready for the possibility of a cyclone between the months of November and April.
Planning before the cyclone season can help save lives, minimise property damage and help your family to cope during a cyclone,” Keith Squibb said.
“Now is the time to sit down with your family and have a five minute chat to determine how do you prepare for the season, what you will do in the event of a cyclone and whether you will stay at home or move to a welfare centre.
“Creating a cyclone plan now will help you take action and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly.
“Being prepared ahead of time by using the DFES Cyclone Smart Fact Sheets and Checklist will give you the best chance of coping and surviving during a cyclone emergency.”
Keith said the Unit will be preparing for the cyclone season by conducting public information stands, holding cyclone information sessions with schools and business and conducting regular training.
“SES volunteer their time to prepare and respond to cyclones, however we need to community to do their part and make sure they are adequately prepared this season,” Keith said.
“Everyone is encouraged to get involved – it’s a great way to get to know your community and learn more about how to prepare and survive a cyclone.” For information about about preparing for cyclones visit www.hedlandses.com.au or www.dfes.wa.gov.au