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Here is some information to you that is relevant to the type of storm damage we encounter in the Manly area. For more detailed information please contact your local SES Unit, To contact your local SES dial 132-500, or look under "S" in the white pages.
Here are some important telephone numbers to record, just in case. If it is easier, print this page and store in a safe place.
Police, Fire and Ambulance EMERGENCY ONLY 000
Manly Council (02) 9976-1500
Rangers Office 0418-186-615
State Emergency Service (SES) 24Hrs 132-500
Energy Australia (Electricity Supply) Residential 131-388
Telstra Line Faults Residential 132-203
Telstra Line Faults Commercial 132-999
WIRES (Wildlife Information and Rescue Service) (02) 4323-2326 : 24Hrs
The following are some suggestions to help minimize damage to your home before, during and after a severe storm.
BEFORE STORM SEASON
When storm season approaches check your home. Main areas to check are the gutters, make sure they are free from leaves and any obstructions. The trees, look for dead branches that may fall during high winds and get them cut back. The front and back yard, look for anything that may be thrown around and cause damage by the wind. Also make sure you have a portable radio and a torch complete with spare batteries, this will be handy in in case of power failure.
DURING THE STORM
Try to stay indoors unless you must go out, listen to the radio to find out what is happening (this is the best way as we and the public ring in with information on what is going on).
Try not to use the phone unless you must, if you do, try to keep it short. Only leave on essential electrical items. If possible stay away from windows until it passes.
AFTER THE STORM
After the storm has passed check the windows and your home for any damage. REMEMBER WATCH OUT FOR FALLEN POWER LINES!! Still listen to the radio to see if it is coming back.
If you have any damage that requires repair, contact your insurance company and ask their advice on how to handle it. If it is urgent call your local SES dial 132-500 or look under "S" in the white pages.
If you do call the SES, they will require some information from you, this will be your name, address, type of damage and how bad, the nearest cross street (helps us find you easier) as well as your phone number. If it was a very bad storm please try to stay at home, this will keep the streets free and make it easier for emergency vehicles to get around. If you require more information on which suburbs are at risk in your area please call your local SES, they will have the answers for your area.
IF YOU GET CAUGHT AWAY FROM SHELTER IN A STORM
If you get caught in a storm and you have nothing to shelter under, here are a few tips that might help.
Beware!!! If it is an electrical storm (lightning and thunder), try to stay away from tall objects such as trees, poles and other tall objects. This will help as lightning will find the shortest way to earth, e.g. a tall tree. If you are standing under that tree the electrical charge that is caused by the lightning will injure or KILL you. If you are in the open and there are no trees or other things around, try to make yourself the smallest object around. Crouch on the ground, huddle in a hollow (make sure the hollow is not a drain or water run off channel). If you are hiking, remove any packs that may have a metal frame. A good thing to remember is that if you feel your skin or hair tingle, drop to the ground. This usually means that a lightning strike is about to strike near you.