Mammoth effort by our troops today with 28 call outs in our community. From sandbagging in the cold on the ground, to bracing the winds tarping broken tiles on roofs and troubleshooting our hill’s solid trees in chainsawing.
And not to forget our LHQ support, keeping us in communication throughout the day and on the go with hearty meals in between.
Big shout out to and thanks to Swan SES for the extra support in manpower tonight and loaning their lighting tower, to light up our night.
Get ready for a storm this weekend.
When bad weather is expected the SES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe and reduce risk of injury and property damage:
• Park vehicles and boats under shelter, Boat owners should securely moor their boats or make sure they are protected on land
• Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
• Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
• Check your roof and gutters for damage or loose material. Replace any damaged or missing tiles
• Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages so they don’t over flow after heavy rain
• Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture, playground equipment and sheds Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
• Prepare an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit
• Be aware that after a bad storm services such as power, telephones lines, water, sewerage and gas may not work
• Prepare an emergency kit and an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded after heavy rain or flash flooding:
• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
• Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
• Display a list of emergency phone numbers
• Keep up to date with the latest information before, during and after a storm: www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/kalamunda.shtml or call 1300 659 213
• Visit the alerts page on the DFES website www.dfes.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pages/default.aspx
Even with the recent rains, the Shire of Kalamunda currently requires a permit issued from a Shire of Kalamunda authorised Fire Control Officer to undertake any burning on properties within the Shire of Kalamunda.
As per the below notice, the restricted burning period ends at Midnight on the 17th of May and as of Wednesday the 18th of May 2016, a permit will no longer be required.
It is hereby notified that in accordance with Section 18 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 the Restricted Burning Period within the Shire of Kalamunda will cease at midnight on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. From Wednesday, 18 May 2016 a permit will no longer be required from a Shire of Kalamunda authorised Fire Control Officer to undertake any burning on properties within the Shire of Kalamunda.
Kalamunda and Gosnells VBFB attending a rubbish fire today at Barton's Mill (out the back of Pickering Brook). Due to the remoteness of the fire, crews had to replenish their tanks with water from an old dam to extinguish the fire. ... See MoreSee Less