SES want lo­cals to be pre­pared

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

■ Kar­ratha res­i­dents new and old are be­ing en­cour­aged by their lo­cal State Emer­gency Ser­vice unit to sign-up or get in­formed on cy­clones this sum­mer.

A town fo­rum held by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy last week was poorly at­tended, but the lo­cal unit will hold two in­for­ma­tion days at the Kar­ratha City Shop­ping Cen­tre next week.

This year’s cy­clone sea­son starts in Novem­ber, with two coastal im­pacts pre­dicted by BOM.

SES unit man­ager Trevor Pat­ton said now was the best time to in­form res­i­dents about what they needed to do to be cy­clone-ready, while also hold­ing a mem­ber­ship drive.

“Last year we got a good re­sponse for mem­ber­ship,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously Christ­mas is the worst part of the year with tran­sient sit­u­a­tions, so it’s al­ways a bonus to pick up mem­ber­ship to be able to cater for those times.”

The last cy­clone to hit the Pil­bara was cy­clone Chris­tine on New Year’s Eve 2013.

Mr Pat­ton had a few tips for pre­par­ing for cy­clones this month.

He said house­holds should have a grab kit which in­cluded med­i­ca­tion and per­sonal doc­u­ments that could be taken in an in­stant, a re­lo­ca­tion kit for those liv­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas and a cy­clone plan so your fam­ily knew when to evac­u­ate and where to go.

He said res­i­dents who would be away over the Christ­mas pe­riod should make sure boats, car­a­van and other items were se­cured.

The SES will be at the shop­ping cen­tre from 4.30 to 9.30pm on Oc­to­ber 29, and from 9am to 2pm on Oc­to­ber 31.

Pic­ture: Pe­ter de Krui­jff

Kar­ratha State Emer­gency Ser­vice Unit plans for the up­com­ing cy­clone sea­son.

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