Community Safety

Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia.

Every year from May to October, storms including tornadoes, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds cause major destruction to the southern half of WA.

 Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and families for storms:

  • Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car.
  • Clear gutters and down-pipes so they do not overflow after heavy rain.
  • Store or weigh down loose objects around your home or work, such as outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.
  • Have an emergency plan ready to put into action, including a relocation plan for your family and pets in case your home becomes flooded.
  • Remember, if a storm has badly damaged your home and you can't safely fix it yourself, SES volunteers are there to help. If you need assistance call 132 500.

Keep up-to-date during a storm by visiting emergency.wa.gov.au, calling 13 DFES, following DFES on Facebook and Twitter and listening to ABC local radio and other news bulletins.​​​​​​​​​

 For more advice about what to do before, during and after a storm download a copy of the Preparing for Storms Guide.

WA Police

The WA Police have developed and run a dedicated community website to give the general public information and advice on how to improve their safety and security and to be a resource for local governments and other agencies for crime prevention and community safety programmes and publications.

Visit the WA Police website for for information, or if you have an interest in or concerns about community safety.

The Shire of York is a member of the Eyes on the Street programme.