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?
- Listen to your local radio station for official advice and warnings;
- Check for structural property damage and cover with plastic sheeting and nailed on wood strips;
- For emergency assistance refer to your emergency phone numbers or contact Council;
- Beware of fallen powerlines and trees, damaged buildings and flooded watercourses; and
- Don't go sight-seeing.
(Information provided by EMQ)