Storm Season Preparedness

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Storm Season Preparedness

With one storm already so early in the season its time to continue ensuring we’re prepared with regular maintenance throughout the season ahead.

DFES’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family prepare before the season:

  • Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car and hire a contractor to clear trees from powerlines
  • Check your roof and gutters for damage or loose material. Replace any damaged or missing tiles
  • Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages so they don’t over flow after heavy rain
  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture, playground equipment and sheds
  • Prepare an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit
  • Be aware that after a bad storm services such as power, telephones lines, water, sewerage and gas may not work
  • Prepare an emergency kit and an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded after heavy rain or flash flooding:
    • Consider what you will do with your pets (see animal welfare)
    • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies
  • Display a list of emergency phone numbers
  • Keep up to date with the latest information before, during and after a storm:
    • Visit the alerts page on the DFES website
    • For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213
    • Monitor the radio, television or internet
  • Check you have adequate home and content insurance. Regularly review your cover to take into consideration renovations, fixtures and additions such as swimming pools, sheds, gazebos or new appliances

 

 

Its Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW)!

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On WOW Day people across Australia will be wearing orange as a way to say thanks to our dedicated SES volunteers who help their communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies

A search and rescue demonstration will be held at Murdoch University. The simulated search will involved the mounted section, all-terrain utilities (ATUs) and a tyrolean (zipline), showcasing the vast skills and competencies of SES volunteers. To show appreciation for SES volunteers, iconic locations around the State will be lit up in a brilliant orange including Elizabeth Quay, the Bell Tower and Perth Concert Hall.

To see all the news, go to Wear Orange Wednesday WA on facebook or SES WOW day WA at Twitter and Instagram, upload your photos with #thankyouSES

WOW Day DFES Extranet

 

Community and safety event day

Community and safety event:
Come on down to Hopbush park in South Lake today between 10am -2pm, Cockburn SES will be there to answer any questions you may have on emergency planning and the storm season ahead! There’s plenty for the family to do, lots of safety information, an animal farm, a giant maze and food!

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Welcome to our new rescue leader!

Rescue leader: congratulations to Ian, our new rescue leader! Ian has been in rescue, training our teams and team leading in response for a few years now. We look forward to the next chapter of rescue with Ian to take us forward! A big thank you to Steve our dedicated, outgoing rescue leader who has been a great leader and now prepares for his next management role. In the photo below manager Drew and Steve congratulate Ian on his new role.

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