Simple strategies for the arrival of the storm season
The official ‘storm season’ runs from May to October in southern WA.
There is no substitute for preparation, and there is plenty that can be done to protect your home in advance.
This can save you a lot of time, hassle cost in the long run if you act early.
FESA’s State Emergency Service recommends that you:
- Clear gutters and downpipes so they don’t over flow after heavy rain.
- Check your roof, gutters and fences and repair them if they are loose or damaged.
- Secure loose objects in sheltered areas.
- Ensure your insurance cover is adequate.
- Trim low branches to prevent them falling on your roof or car. Get a professional for larger limb looping.
- Prepare an emergency kit with a portable radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit.
- Prepare an emergency plan – allocate tasks to each family member and plan what you will do if you have to leave your home.
Construction sites can also suffer storm damage and delays if they are not attended to. Loose building materials need to be stored, rubbish secured, and sheds need to be tied down.
If you hear a storm forecast, home owners can take some immediate additional actions:
- Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture and children’s play equipment.
- Secure other loose items such as your wheelie bin.
- Secure boats, trailers and caravans.
- Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
- Move vehicles under cover.
- Prepare for possible loss of electricity
- Check your emergency kit is in order with a portable radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit.
Prepare early and take advantage of fine weather to protect your home or construction site and keep it safe.