Cyclone Information

The cyclone season officially runs from 1st November to 30th April each year. However, cyclones have been known to occur in every month of the year, so it’s important to remain prepared.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is the designated Hazard Management Agency for Cyclones in Western Australia.

If a cyclone approaches the Shire of Ashburton, you can find more information on the DFES website, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website, or Emergency WA.  

How to Prepare for Cyclone Season

DFES recommends that you undertake the following before the commencement of cyclone season:

  • Remove any unwanted materials or rubbish from your residence or work area.
  • Trim trees of excess height and growth to enable them to withstand higher winds. The Council’s annual free green waste collection will support you in this.
  • Clear drains of rubbish or obstructions.
  • Create an emergency kit, including medication, a first aid kit, torch (and batteries), canned food, portable radio (and batteries), and drinking water containers.
  • Locate a safe place to shelter your pets.
  • Organise tie-down areas and supplies for caravans, boats, trailers, etc.

Community Alerts and Public Warning System

Community Alerts are available on the local radio and television stations in your region. Coloured lights and flags in some towns also indicate alert status.

Onslow: One coloured flag is located at the Shire Administration Building. Coloured lights are located at the Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services Building.

Tom Price: Coloured flags are located on top of Snake Hill, opposite the Area W bridge.

Paraburdoo: Coloured flags are located at the Police Station.

Pannawonica: Coloured flags are located at the Police Station. Flashing coloured lights are used at the same location.

Alert Stages and Procedures

There are four alert stages: Blue, Yellow, Red and All Clear. The meteorological bureau issues watches and warnings and the State Emergency Service issues Alert stages in terms of colour.

Cyclone and Flood Fact Sheets

Cyclone Alert System

Preparing Your Home and Property

Relocation Kit

Emergency Kit

Driving in Flood Waters

Travelling During the Wet Season