Severe storms are the most frequently damaging natural hazards and can occur Australia-wide. You can help minimise the effects of storms by maintaining the trees around your property by keeping them healthy and trimming back branches. You can also maintain gutters and downpipes, as most electrical problems occur due to ceilings being flooded.
If a storm does occur in your area:
- Stay inside. Shelter well clear of windows and skylights
- If the building starts to break up, shelter in the strongest part of the house (cellar, internal room, hallway or built-in wardrobe) under a mattress, doona, or a strong table or bench
- Listen to the ABC 774AM for storm updates, official warnings and advice
- If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter (not a tree)
- If driving, stop clear of trees, powerlines and streams
- If possible avoid using a fixed (land-line) telephone during a thunderstorm
- Check for damaged windows, walls or roof (temporarily cover with plastic sheeting and nailed-on wooden strips)
- Beware of fallen powerlines, damaged buildings, trees, and flooded watercourses
- Do not go sight seeing
- Watch for emergency services personnel who will be checking your area as soon as possible
If damage occurs to your house contact SES on 132 500. For storm information visit the SES website
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