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Be Storm Aware This Winter

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Storms can strike Tasmania at any time but are most common in winter and spring. Make sure you're prepared before, during and after a storm with these helpful tips from the SES:

BEFORE STORM SEASON

  • ​Check your home insurance is current and adequate.
  • List your emergency phone numbers.
  • Trim tree branches well clear of your house and powerlines.
  • Check, clean and secure your roof, guttering and downpipes.
  • Store poisons above ground level in case of flash floods.
  • Prepare an emergency kit​

AS THE STORM APPROACHES

  • ​Listen to your battery radio for storm information updates.
  • Shelter and secure pets and animals.
  • Shelter vehicles or cover with tarpaulin/blankets.
  • Disconnect all electrical appliances during electrical storms.
  • Secure loose objects on your property.
  • Secure doors and windows.
  • Put valuables, medications, spare warm clothing and your emergency kit in a water tight plastic bag.

DURING THE STORM

  • ​Stay indoors.
  • Listen to your battery radio for storm information updates.
  • If you are outside, find emergency shelter (not under a tree).
  • If driving, stop clear of trees, powerlines or streams.
  • Avoid using the telephone.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Listen to local radio for warnings/advice.
  • Check your house for damage.
  • If you need assistance, consult your Emergency Contact List.
  • If you don't need help, check on your neighbours.
  • Beware of fallen powerlines, damaged trees and flooded watercourses.
  • Don't go sightseeing. Stay around your home and help others.​​