Residents urged to be cyclone ready

Geoff VivianMidwest Times

Horizon Power is urging people living in cyclone-prone towns such as Exmouth, Coral Bay, Carnarvon and Denham to prepare for the approaching cyclone season.

Although the cyclone season typically lasts from November to March, cyclones and severe storms can strike at any time, sometimes with little warning, causing substantial damage to properties and infrastructure.

The company’s Mid WestGascoyne retail and community manager Craig Deetlefs said having an emergency and relocation kit of essential items was vital.

“This should include batteries for radios and torches in the event that we are unable to restore power immediately,” he said.

Mr Deetlefs said spending a few hours in the coming weeks to prepare could really minimise the damage during a cyclone or storm and should be made a priority.

“Hire a professional tree contractor to trim trees at least 3m from power lines, clean up around the outside of the home,” he said.

“Make sure boats, caravans and outdoor chairs and tables are secured or stored away to help prevent damage to properties.”

Mr Deetlefs said customers who rely on life support equipment could register with Horizon Power as a life support customer by phoning 1800 267 926 to ensure priority restoration after any interruption.

Application forms to register as a life support customer are also available on Horizon Power’s website or from a local Horizon Power office.

Learn more about preparing for cyclones and severe storms by visiting http://horizonpower.com.au/media/1403/hp_3_16345-cyclones-dl-update.pdf.

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