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Cyclone Preparation

Cyclone Season; Be Aware - Be Prepared

Typically, the cyclone season in Northern Western Australia commences on 1 November and concludes on 30 April each year.

If a cyclone approaches Port Hedland, the cyclones progress can be monitored by accessing the BOM website or the DFES website. Alternatively local radio station 603AM will broadcast up to date cyclone information.

Cyclone Information Booklet

The Town of Port Hedland produces an updated tropical cyclone information booklet for community members free of charge each year. The Cyclones Information Booklet is available from the Port and South Hedland Libraries, the Port Hedland Visitors Centre and the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce. The booklet is specific to Port Hedland, informing and assisting residents and visitors to the Town with preparation for the upcoming cyclone season. The booklet contains information on preparing family emergency kits, the location of local welfare centres, cyclone alerts, local emergency contact numbers and much more.

Other information for preparing for floods and the dangers of driving through flooded waters can be found on this website. 

Bureau of Meteorology

For further information relating to cyclone tracking, intensity and forecasting please refer to 

 Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website.

Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map

The Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map is a graphical product that provides a track of the cyclone showing recent movement, and forecast movement (with uncertainty indicated) 72 hours hence. It also shows the current extent of damaging winds and a graphical representation of the areas affected by current cyclone watch and cyclone warning. This product is accessible on the Bureau's web page.

Please view the video below explaining Track Maps.

 

Department of Fire and Emergency Service (DFES) Community Alerts

For further information relating to local community Cyclone Alerts, please refer the Warning and Alerts Page or the DFES website.

Community Alerts

DFES issue a series of alerts based on the information received by the local community Incident Support Group(ISG) and the Bureau of Meteorology to warn our community of the approach of a cyclone.

The alert system uses three colours, Blue, Yellow & Red. 

Road Closures

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Throughout the year, roads in the Pilbara could be closed for many reason e.g. fire and /or smoke hazard, flooding from cyclones or monsoonal/season rainfall, vehicle collision etc.

Main Roads WA can issue “Alerts” daily for any roads that may be closed in the Pilbara region. To view alerts issued please refer to their website.

Welfare Centres

The Town of Port Hedland has two designated welfare centres. The JD Hardie Centre is the Primary Welfare Centre and the Andrew McLaughlin Centre the secondary. In an emergency the JD Hardie Centre will be opened and be managed by the Department of Child Protection and Family Services. The size or type of incident will determine the need to open the Andrew McLaughlin Centre. If required to do so the Town will advertise that the centre is open.

Primary

JD Hardie Centre
Cottier Drive 
South Hedland
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Secondary (Only open when required )

Andrew McLaughlin Centre
Keesing Street 
Port Hedland
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Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Joan (8 December 1975), the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has developed a video, Learning from the Past, Preparing for the future, as part of an Oral History Project with accompanying commentary highlighting historical cyclone and flood events in Port Hedland and Exmouth.

The video also highlights the various cyclone alert levels, preparation tips for cyclone and flood and the important numbers to call during a cyclone.

For further information relating to cyclone preparedness, please contact the Town of Port Hedland on 9158 9300 or via email at council@porthedland.wa.gov.au