Earthquake talk gives tips on how to be prepared
It was shocking both figuratively and literally when the region was hit by earthquakes in the past few months. The Lake Muir 5.7 and 5.4 magnitude earthquakes in September and November were felt throughout the South West and as far away as Perth.
The sequence is the biggest quake south of Perth since records began and a Geoscience Australia representative has said it was possible for at least one more of similar size.
As part of a community information session last week, Manjimup SES and DFES spoke about how to act before, during and after an earthquake and how to put together an earthquake preparedness kit.
The biggest tip during an earthquake was to find the safest alternative for where you are.
If inside, stay inside; if outside, stay outside; and if in bed, stay in bed, get under the covers and protect your neck and head.
Do not stand in a doorway during an earthquake, the preferred option is to get under a table and hold on.
Items for a preparedness kit include canned food, a radio, extra batteries, clean water and a pocket knife.
People need to take onus for their safety and, like with bushfire season, be prepared by talking to family, making a plan and visiting the DFES website for more information.