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North West urged to start 2019 prepared for wet season

North West locals are being urged to make wet season preparedness.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said it was important for North West residents, and visitors, to know the risks associated with cyclones, flood and storm surge.

“The wet season is off to a late start this year but now is the time to prepare yourselves and your homes. We can’t afford to be complacent,” Commissioner Klemm said.

“Emergency Services volunteers have been busy preparing for the change in weather. We’re urging the community to do their part to minimise any potential damage, and the psychological and financial impacts that can follow after a severe weather event.

“The weather can change quite suddenly, so take the time now to tidy around your property by trimming trees and securing loose items; and prepare your emergency kit and cyclone plan.”

Tourists who may be travelling through the North West during the festive season are also being urged to know what to do in an emergency.

“Cyclones can be unpredictable and can intensify rapidly, so tourists need to be ready to change their travels plans and should familiarise themselves with the cyclone warning system,” Commissioner Klemm said.

“In the event of flooding, we urge everyone to approach flood ways with caution and never cross if water levels are high or fast flowing.”

There were more than 160 requests for State Emergency Service volunteer assistance in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Midwest Gascoyne regions last wet season.

For more information about the cyclone warning system and preparing your family and home for the wet season visit emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare

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