Western Australia is vulnerable to a range of natural hazards because of the climate and environment. Bushfire is just one example of these hazards, but much can be done to prepare. You will find essential information and advice to assist you to have a 5 Minute Fire Chat at the DFES Website and get your plans in place so that you know what you will do in an emergency;
WHEN will you know to leave?
WHERE will you go?
WHICH way will you go?
From May to September rain, gale force winds and squalls are characteristic of weather experienced by WA residents.
Severe storms accompanied by lightning, hail and flash flooding can cause damage to homes and properties if homeowners and residents are unprepared. Residents can minimise this damage by taking a few simple steps to prepare for winter storms and stay Storm Safe.
You can start by preparing your home and surrounding property in late April or throughout May:
- carry out a roof and gutter inspection of your home
- clear gutters and downpipes of leaf litter
- ensure branches are trimmed clear of your home and powerlines
- secure and tidy your yard of loose objects
- ensure you have a torch and radio with spare batteries ready inside your home
More information about storm and what to do in the event of one can be found at SES website
Trees & Power Lines
When trees or branches come into contact with power lines, they can cause power failures, bushfires and serious accidents.
Home owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring trees on their property stay clear of power lines all year round. Tenants should check to see if tree maintenance is covered in their rental agreement or if their landlord is responsible.
For more information please visit the Western Power website
The Shire of Capel is responsible for trimming trees on street verges. If you see a tree on the street verge growing too close to powerlines, let us know