Skip to main content
City of Bunbury


Storm preparedness and safety

  1. Home
  2. Storm preparedness and safety

Published 05 June 2024

Storm damage in East Bunbury. Fallen trees on a suburban street and a bobcat.

Our community has been lashed with two significant storm events and we are only at the beginning of the storm season.

Understandably there is some anxiety in the community about what’s to come especially with two cold fronts expected to pass through Bunbury this week bringing more rain and strong winds.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) work together to inform the community when there is a severe storm risk.

Once BoM issues a Severe Weather or Severe Thunderstorm Warning, DFES will provide alerts and warnings via the Emergency WA website here which we encourage everyone to bookmark for information.

While the dangers of a storm can’t be prevented, we can all do our bit to prepare and reduce the amount of damage a storm can cause. Most damage is caused by flying objects, fallen trees and flooding from blocked gutters.

Prepare your property

By preparing your property damage can be minimised.

  • Keep branches and trees trimmed around structures.
  • Keep gutters clear.
  • Check the structural integrity of your roof – are there loose tiles or cladding?
  • Check fastenings on patios, carports, garages and sheds.
  • Ensure your insurance is up to date.
  • If your area is at risk of flash flooding – prepare accordingly.

If your property was damaged in the recent storms, please ensure any roof tarping, damaged structures or loose items are secured as best as possible. For more information on storm preparedness please visit the DFES website here.

Who to contact

If your property is damaged during a storm, please contact the State Emergency Services (SES) on 132 500.

For an electricity fault, please contact Western Power on 13 13 51. For general enquiries on predicted power restoration, please contact Western Power on 13 10 87.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please feel free to reach out to us on 9792 7000.

Storm debris collection

Residents who have been affected by the 10 May tornado please be advised our Infrastructure team will be in your area continuing to collect any storm debris this week ahead of the cold front expected this weekend.

Traffic management will be in place, and we will have heavy machinery on site to assist.

We thank you for your patience during this time and are doing our very best to ensure your area is cleared as soon as possible.

For up-to-date information regarding both the 10 May tornado and 1 June storm please visit our Bunbury Storms web page here.

Here you will find information relating to recovery hubs, waste collection, support services and much more.

You can also call the City on 9792 7000 during office hours (8.30am to 4.30pm) for enquiries and support. If you need help and don’t have access or ability to use a phone, you can come to the City Administration Building (4 Stephen Street, Bunbury) during office hours.

Stay safe Bunbury and let’s continue watching out for one another.