FESA promotes storm awareness

Held between May 11 and 18, Storm Awareness Week aims to remind people to secure loose objects, clean gutters and downpipes and trim back branches.

DFES Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Bradley Stringer said storms between May and October could include damaging winds, heavy rainfall and flash floods, and although most storms were localised and short-lived, their impact was often underestimated.

‘While storms can last for mere minutes, the aftermath can be truly shocking and impact people for days, weeks and even months,’ he said.

‘Severe storms can include thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding, tornados and gale force winds, and the best way to protect your home, family and business from these elements is to be prepared.’

The State Emergency Services recommend people have trees cleared from powerlines, clear gutters and drains and check the roof for cracked ridge capping and loose tiles and nails.

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au for more information and storm preparation advice.