The Western Australia State Emergency Service (WASES) is the control agency for storms in Western Australia, which means that we are responsible for planning for storms and for managing storm response if they do occur.
Storms can happen anywhere, at any time of year and are often accompanied by strong winds, large hailstones and lightning. Storms cost Western Australians an average of $28 million each year, and can cause significant damage to homes, businesses and community infrastructure.
Get ready. Know what to do.
This year already, WASES has responded to about 15,000 requests for assistance as a result of storms. Much of the damage has been the result of tree branches, trampolines, outdoor furniture or other loose items such as roof tiles becoming flying projectiles in strong winds. Flooding due to blocked drains, cars damaged while parked under trees and falling overhanging branches are some of the other major causes of preventable damage during a storm.It’s important to be aware of the dangers of severe weather and learn some simple, useful ways you can take responsibility for your own safety and that of your property.
Prepare your home and property
We’ve put together some important information that can help you learn more about what you can do to prepare your home for storms. You can use the sub-navigation or click on one of the questions below to start preparing now.
- How do storm warning systems work?
- How can I prepare my home for storms?
- What should I do if a storm happens?
- What is an emergency plan and what should it include?
- What should I put in my emergency kit?
Also, download the Emergency Toolkit which will help you before, during and after a storm emergency.
- Emergency Toolkit.pdf (1.85 MB)
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StormSmart Teacher resources
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