City of Karratha

Cyclone Information & Preparation

Cyclone season extends from 1 November to 30 April. When a cyclone approaches you should listen to your local radio station or monitor your television for cyclone information.

During a cyclone, the City follows advice from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA and it is imperative the community remains informed of the latest cyclone information via the DFES WA website, Bureau of Meteorology website, Emergency WA website and ABC local radio (702am).

  • Low-lying areas may be at risk of storm surge
  • DFES will provide storm surge and flood mapping relevant to the cyclone if this is likely to impact on the City of Karratha.  This information will be provided 48 hours prior to the expected impact of the cyclone. DFES will provide advice at that time if relocation is necessary. 
  • The City’s storm surge and flood maps are for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon in emergency situations.
  • If you are in a potential flood zone, please seek shelter in a non-affected area if possible.
  • Sandbags are available from hardware stores and the Karratha SES on Balmoral Road. Free sand is available at Tillbrook Road off Bayview Road and Rosemary Road adjacent the BMX track (Karratha), and Jacaranda Drive (Wickham).


  • You need to consider whether you want to evacuate or stay in your home early.  Any vehicle movements to the evacuation centre must be done during yellow alert. 
  • North West Coastal Highway will likely be closed well before a Red Alert is called.  Make the decision to evacuate to the KLP early as this may not be an option if you delay.
  • You are responsible for arranging your own transport to and from the evacuation centre. DFES, the City and Dept of Communities to not provide a transport service.
  • During a Yellow Alert, the Karratha Leisureplex will be handed over to the WA Department of Communities to be used as the district evacuation centre for emergency shelter only. Please seek shelter with friends or family where possible and safe to do so.
  • This is the only evacuation centre the department plan to open and no other facilities will be provided within the City.
  • DFES WA will announce any evacuation via their website and Facebook page If you do not have internet access, cyclone advice and DFES alerts are available by calling 13 DFES (13 3337).
  • In the event of an evacuation to the evacuation centre, please only bring food, water, bedding and any essential medicines.
  • Pets, with the exception of assistance animals, are not permitted at the evacuation centre so please leave them in the safest location if you need to leave them.
  • No alcohol, drugs or smoking is permitted within the evacuation centre.  Please note that you may be locked in for more than 24 hours, and will not be permitted outside to smoke
  • If you are evacuating your property, please ensure you’ve locked your home and belongings up.

Road closures

For a list of road current closures please refer to Main Roads WA.

Waste facilities

Residents and businesses should prepare their properties during blue alert while the Karratha Seven Mile Waste Facility and Transfer Station and the Wickham Transfer Station remain open.

Both facilities will close on Yellow Alert 


Karratha Airport will close one hour before a Red Alert is issued by DFES.

For information regarding the status of incoming and outgoing flights please contact your airline:

  • Qantas: 13 13 13
  • Virgin: 13 67 89

Cyclone alerts

Blue alert:

When a BLUE ALERT has been issued, you need to start preparing:

  • Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone through radio, television or internet
  • Find out when shops and businesses will close, and when to collect your children from school
  • Secure or remove loose material and rubbish from around your home or work
  • Organise your emergency kit including first aid kit, essential medications, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water
  • Consider relocating people with special needs including people who are pregnant, elderly or have disabilities
  • Identify the strongest part of your house or the closest welfare centre
  • Identify a safe place for your pet (most welfare centres do not accept pets, but do accept guide dogs)
  • Ensure you have adequate tie down materials or anchor points for loose items
  • Organise a gas barbeque or portable stove to use outside in a dry, ventilated area, in case electricity is cut
  • Remind your family of cyclone procedures.


Yellow alert:

When a YELLOW ALERT has been issued, you need to take action:

  • Monitor radio, television or internet for information on the cyclone’s progress, particularly any storm surge advice
  • Know where your family and pets are located. Consider sheltering pets early
  • Secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles to tie down points
  • Store or secure other loose items like outdoor furniture that is likely to be thrown about by destructive winds
  • Be aware that shops will now be closing
  • Obtain cash as banking services may not be available
  • Put fuel in your vehicle and park it in a sheltered area with the handbrake on and in park or first gear.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is complete and fill emergency containers with water
  • Make sure your neighbours have received this warning. If you are ready and they need help, give them a hand
  • Fasten all cyclone screens. Board up or heavily tape exposed windows. Close curtains and lock doors
  • Pack a relocation kit, including warm clothes. Place valuables, important papers and photos in waterproof bags to be taken with your emergency kit
  • Prepare to move quickly to the strongest part of your house or relocate to the nearest welfare centre if required
  • If you live in a low-lying coastal area and the cyclone is likely to create a storm surge, you may be advised to relocate now. Refer to your family cyclone plan.


Red alert:

When a RED ALERT has been issued, you need to take shelter immediately:

  • Keep listening to your portable radio for information on the cyclone’s progress
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and turn off gas supply valves
  • Ensure that pets and animals are safely sheltered
  • Go immediately to the strongest, safest part of your house or the building you are in (have two walls between you and the outside of your house i.e. internal hallway) or to the closest welfare centre.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you
  • Take your relocation kit with you if you have been advised to relocate
  • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed and locked
  • Stay inside until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.


All Clear alert:

  • When an official ALL CLEAR notice is issued, you need to take care to avoid dangers caused by damage
  • Listen for information and follow advice from authorities
  • If you need to go outside, be careful because power lines could be down and there may be fallen trees, broken water and sewage lines, loose roof sheeting and other material
  • Check to see if your neighbours are safe
  • Check whereabouts of pets and animals
  • If your property has sustained serious damage and you need help, call the SES on 132 500 for assistance
  • For life threatening emergencies, call 000
  • Avoid telephone use except in emergencies
  • Start cleaning up around your home – stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and telephone lines
  • If you relocated from your home, wait for advice before you go back. If returning, take the roads recommended by authorities and do not hurry.