During a cyclone, the City follows advice from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA (DFES 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).
- Refer to the tropical cyclone outlook and information on current tropical cyclones from the Bureau of Meteorology
- Access emergency information from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA
- Cyclone advice and DFES alerts are available by calling 13 DFES (13 3337)
- City of Karratha Facebook page
- Bureau of Meteorology Facebook page
- Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA Facebook page
- Do not rely on lighting systems or flags to advise you of the current alert – they are being phased out of service.
Experiencing a cyclone can be frightening. In WA, the cyclone season begins in November and continues through to April. It's important that, you ensure your home and family is prepared for a cyclone, even if there is no immediate threat.
If you are unable to prepare your property, the SES may be able to offer some assistance. Please contact them on 132 500 for more information on this service.
- Low-lying areas could be at risk of storm surge.
- DFES will provide storm surge and flood mapping relevant to the cyclone if this situation is likely to impact 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 during emergency situations.
- If you are in a potential flood zone, please seek shelter in a non-affected area if possible.
- Consider at an early stage whether you prefer to evacuate or stay in your home. Any vehicle movements to the evacuation centre must be made during yellow alert.
- North West Coastal Highway will likely be closed well before a red alert is issued and evacuation may not be an option if you wait.
- You are responsible for arranging your own transport to and from the evacuation centre. DFES, the City and the Deptartment of Communities do 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 safe to do so.
- This is the only evacuation centre the department plans to open and no other facilities will be provided within the City.
- In the event of an evacuation to the evacuation centre, please bring only food, water, bedding and essential medicines.
- Pets, with the exception of assistance animals, are not permitted at the evacuation centre so please leave them indoors in the safest location possible.
- No alcohol, drugs or smoking is permitted within the evacuation centre. Please note that you may be contained for more than 24 hours and will not be permitted outside to smoke.
- If you are evacuating your property, please ensure you have secured your property.
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.
All kerbside collection services will cease on yellow alert and residents should bring bins in from the roadside and secure appropriately. Collections will recommence on All Clear.
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
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 business
- 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
- 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.
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 disturbed by destructive winds
- Be aware that shops will be closing
- Obtain cash as electronic 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.
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 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.
- 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 materials
- Check to see if your neighbours are safe
- Check the 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 to return. If returning, take the roads recommended by authorities and do not hurry.
Following a Cyclone, the City of Karratha works alongside the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to assess damages and eliminate any immediate dangers to the community. Information regarding the current cyclone recovery status and important community messaging can be found here: https://karratha.wa.gov.au/cyclone-recovery