Severe storms are the most frequently damaging natural hazards and can occur Australia-wide. You can help minimise the effects of storms around your property by:
- keeping trees healthy and trimming back branches
- maintaining gutters and downpipes as most electrical problems occur due to ceilings being flooded.
If a storm happens in your area
- Stay inside and find shelter away from 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, look for 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.
For more information or to report damage to your house contact SES on 132 500.
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