Storms and Your Home
Prepare now for the storm season.
The Town of Cambridge supports recent advice from FESA State Emergency Service (SES) that urges residents of Perth to prepare for the upcoming storm season during winter and early spring.
Severe cooler weather storms could have a devastating impact on homes and properties and posed a threat to people, animals and the environment.
The cooler weather storm season runs from May to October and in previous years has seen destructive winds and tornadoes impact on some communities. So, preparation now can give you peace of mind, boost your safety and help protect your home and family from possible hazards.
Storm Safe Steps
Residents should take simple steps early to minimise potential damage, such as:
- trim branches to prevent them falling on your roof or car;
- clear gutters and downpipes so they don't over flow after heavy rain;
- check your roof for loose tiles or sheeting;
- check fences and repair them if they are loose or damaged;
- clear rubbish from your yard;
- ensure your insurance cover is adequate;
- prepare an emergency kit with a portable radio, a couple of torches, spare batteries and a first aid kit; and
- make sure you have an emergency plan - allocate tasks to each family member and plan what you will do if you have to leave your home.
Residents can call the SES on 132 500 for assistance where homes have been damaged in a storm . After the event, home owners, landlords and insurance companies are responsible for clearing debris and organising ongoing temporary maintenance and permanent repairs to buildings.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services offers these tips when a storm is forecast:
- store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture and children's play equipment;
- secure other loose items such your wheelie bin;
- secure boats, trailers and caravans;
- ensure pets and animals are in a safe area;
- move vehicles under cover;
- prepare for possible loss of electricity;
- check your emergency kit is in order with a portable radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit;
- construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds; and
- boat owners should securely moor their boats.
For safety information on how to prepare for events such as fire, cyclone, storm, flood visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.