Severe Storms - helpful hints

There are two types of severe storms: thunderstorms and land gales.

Thunderstorms can produce hail, wind gusts, flash floods, tornadoes, and lightning which can cause death, injury and damage to property.

Land gales are simply gale-force winds that occur over the land.

What can you do to prepare for severe storm season?

  • Be aware of severe storm patterns in your area (contact your local council for advice);
  • Trim trees, remove overhanging branches and clear gutters and downpipes, clear yard of loose materials and rubbish;
  • Secure loose roof tiles or sheets;
  • Protect skylights with wire mesh and fit glass windows and doors with shutters or insect screens;
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Check boats are securely moored, or protected on land; and
  • Check home insurance is current and adequate

What can you do when a severe storm approaches?

  • Listen to a local radio station for severe storm advice and warnings;
  • Shelter and secure animals;
  • Put loose garden furniture, toys, etc inside;
  • Park vehicles under solid shelter or cover with firmly tied tarpaulins/blankets;
  • Secure all external doors and windows and draw curtains;
  • Keep valuables, medications, spare clothing and your emergency kit handy; and
  • Disconnect all electrical items

What can you do when a severe storm strikes?

  • Listen to your portable radio for updates;
  • Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights;
  • Shelter in the strongest part of  your home;
  • If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter;
  • If driving, stop clear of trees, powerlines and streams; and
  • Don't use a fixed telephone during a severe storm due to lightning danger.

What can you do after a severe storm has hit?

For emergency assistance contact State Emergency Service on 132 500.  If the emergency in life threatening contact 000 (Triple 0)


(Information provided by EMQ)