Winter is coming are you storm ready?

Thursday, 16 May 2019 

City of Bunbury residents are being reminded to storm proof their properties. 

Winter is coming and so is the very real risk of property damage and personal injury from the wild weather. 

Now is the perfect time to remove or secure items that may be lifted by strong winds and blown through windows or roof materials. 

Lop trees and branches away from the roofline and windows, as well as clean gutters of any material that may restrict rainwater flow to downpipes. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said every year severe storms and localised extreme winds wreak havoc, on homes and properties throughout Bunbury. 

“City of Bunbury residents can greatly reduce their risk of storm damage to the home by cleaning up their properties,” Mayor Brennan said.  

"The local SES Unit reports that more than 80 percent of the damage they attend to could have been avoided with simple home maintenance work. 

“It is also important to have an emergency-ready kit handy in the home.” 

Residents can be storm ready by doing the following; 

  • Check and repair your roof cover and guttering, to keep it water proof
  • Clean gutters and downpipes of leaf litter, moss and other material, so that storm water can drain away
  • Trim branches clear of your home and get a professional contractor to clear trees from power lines
  • Clear your yard of loose objects that could cause damage if picked up by high winds, especially where there is a strong wind warning
  • Have a torch and radio with spare batteries available in case of power cuts
  • Plastic bags and sheeting are useful to keep possessions dry in case of storm damage to your home or property

Keep a card with emergency numbers for SES (132 500), Bureau of Meteorology (1900 155 349), Western Power (13 13 51), your insurance company and gas supplier 

Use any strong wind or severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology, as a trigger to act and take the above precautions, every time as it may be your home that suffers damage next. 

For more information visit www.bunbury.wa.gov.au and search ‘Storm Safety’ or go to the Safer Community Network site on www.scnbunbury.com.au 

On Wednesday 22 May the Koombana Footbridge will glow orange for WOW Day. WOW Day celebrates and recognises State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers for their work in the community. 

The community is encouraged to show its support by wearing orange and by using the hashtag #thankyouSES on social media.  

The City will share any posts featuring the iconic bridge.