SES want locals to be prepared
■ 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.
Karratha State Emergency Service Unit plans for the upcoming cyclone season.