City of Karratha

Storm Surge

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will provide storm surge and flood mapping if the threat of a storm surge is possible. Information will be provided 48 hours prior to expected impact. '

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will provide advice at that time if relocation is necessary. 

What is Storm Surge?

Storm surge generally accompanies a tropical cyclone as it comes ashore. Produced by the strong winds of a cyclone or tropical storm, storm surge forces water onshore, usually over a limited stretch of coastline.

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You can prepare for storm surge in a number of ways:

  • Understand the storm surge risk to your area.
  • Check with Council to see if your house is in a storm surge zone.
  • Prepare your home and property - if your property is prone to storm surge consider alternatives to carpets
  • Ask Council about evacuation routes and centres
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Prepare a household evacuation plan
  • Prepare an emergency plan for your pets.
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers handy (ie on the fridge or by the phone)
  • Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for storm surge damage

Take action when under threat from Storm Surge

  • Listen to ABC radio or your local radio station for alerts and updates on weather conditions.
  • If advised by emergency authorities, be prepared to evacuate if a storm surge threat arises.