Kimberley residents are being invited to join a think-tank that will examine how communities deal with cyclones and floods.
For the first time people will be able to take part in an online Department of Fire and Emergency Services survey asking people to detail their concerns, stories and suggestions about the wet season.
The information will be used to raise community awareness on how to prepare and respond to cyclones and floods.
DFES community engagement director Suellen Shea said the survey would explore the community’s cyclone resilience and give people the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge.
“Whether you are new to the North West or you’ve previously experienced cyclones and floods we would like to hear from you,” Ms Shea said.
“Every suggestion and comment will be reviewed and will help us form the basis of our planning for the future.
“Ultimately, we want the community to be prepared for a cyclone or flood so this survey is about helping us to help the community prepare for and cope in an emergency.”
The survey takes 15 to 20 minutes and includes questions on how people would like to be informed of impending cyclone and flood events. It can be accessed until January 31.
WA’s North West between Broome and Exmouth is the most cyclone-prone part of Australia’s coastline, with the wet season running from November to April.
For more information about how to prepare your home and family for a cyclone or flood, get a copy of DFES’ Cyclone Smart or Flood Smart Kits from www.dfes.wa.gov.au or your local SES unit.To access the survey visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ST7569.
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