New guide to help safeguard against cyclones

WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Advice on what to do before, during and after a cyclone
  • Developed by Building and Energy in collaboration with Engineers Australia
  • Checklists summarise key advice from several organisations
  • A new guide is available with practical tips for protecting people and buildings against cyclone damage.

    The fact sheet, developed by Building and Energy in collaboration with Engineers Australia’s Cyclone Taskforce, includes advice on longer-term cyclone preparation, as well as what to do before, during and after a cyclone.

    WA’s north-west coastline is Australia’s most cyclone-prone region. The season typically runs from November to April with an average of two cyclones crossing the WA coast each season.

    “As we saw with Tropical Cyclones Damien and Seroja, the impacts of cyclonic winds and rainfall can be devastating and long-lasting for affected communities,” Building and Energy Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan said.

    “Our guide aims to provide a handy reference to help protect buildings and people sheltering in them.

    “In addition to our own advice, helpful checklists summarise key information from organisations such as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station, WorkSafe, Consumer Protection and WA’s Department of Health.

    “Building and Energy will continue to work with these organisations in responding to and safeguarding communities against severe weather events.”

    The guide recommends longer-term preparation for cyclones such as inspecting, maintaining, protecting and upgrading structures.

    Those living in the State’s cyclonic regions are advised to prepare a cyclone plan, which could include where to go in case of a cyclone or where to shelter if staying put and to prepare an emergency kit.

    Other advice in the guide includes securing outdoor items, following official advice, including when to stay indoors, and keeping clear of glass windows and doors.

    In the wake of a cyclone, people are urged to be cautious about hazards such as electrical, gas and building damage, as well as ensuring generators are safely used in the open air.

    The “Cyclone safety around your home” fact sheet is available on the Building and Energy website (dmirs.wa.gov.au).

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