Safety and first aid

Managing health conditions during cyclone season

The Western Australian cyclone season

If you live in the north-west of the State you should consider how cyclones could impact on your health conditions.

Western Australia’s cyclone season starts in November and continues through to April.

During this time coastal regions of WA are at risk of cyclones.

Health planning for a cyclone is recommended if you:

  • have a chronic health condition
  • need home oxygen or dialysis
  • have a condition that requires regular medications
  • are over 36 weeks pregnant.

You may lose power in a cyclone. Therefore, it is important to have sufficient medication, back-up equipment and emergency batteries.

Pregnant women should discuss cyclone events as part of their birth plans and preparations. Lower pressure systems are known to induce premature labour in some women.

Extreme seasonal events such as cyclones may cause damage and force the closure of local hospitals.

For the latest alerts and warnings, and information on preparing for a cyclone, visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (external site).

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Remember

  • You may lose power in a cyclone. Therefore, it is important to have sufficient medication, back-up equipment and emergency batteries.
  • Extreme seasonal events such as cyclones may cause damage and force the closure of local hospitals.

Acknowledgements
WA Country Health Service

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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