Flood and cyclone preparedness and recovery

Cyclones, storms and floods can result in contamination of water bodies, loss of harvest or livestock, increased susceptibility of livestock to disease, and destruction of irrigation systems and other agricultural infrastructure.

Landholders need to learn how to prepare for and manage the outcomes from these natural disasters.

Landholders looking for support should in the first instance visit the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services website (see links on this page).

For further information contact your Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia regional office.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

The Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is WA’s leading hazard management agency, and provides a range of safety related information, including how to create survival plans, and plan for the safety and welfare of livestock.

The website also provides access to publications relevant to: 

Preparedness

Landholders who are prepared for natural disasters are more likely to preserve life and property. They will also minimise recovery time and resume production faster.

DAFWA suggests that farmers take the following actions if they are in a flood or cyclone prone area:

  • Prepare a current inventory of livestock, infrastructure, equipment and supplies.
  • Check, and fix if necessary, that all buildings and infrastructure meet design guidelines for cyclones or storms in the area.
  • Map flood risk areas and build suitable flood diversion structures.
  • Have alternative power, communication, water and food supplies in the case of being isolated.
  • Have a plan for escape if needed.

For further information on disaster preparedness refer to the DFES links on this page.

Recovery

Following a storm, machinery and equipment, livestock, and agriculture chemicals may be displaced.

Landholders should check utilities, and undertake an inventory of livestock, fuels, chemicals, machinery and equipment. 

The aftermath of a storm poses significant safety and health problems to livestock, and consideration needs to be given not only to feedingwater supply and agistment, but also humane destruction where necessary.

Producers also need to ensure livestock movements are recorded on the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database. The sheep NLIS helpdesk can provide telephone and email support to producers requiring assistance with any aspect of the NLIS process. For the movement of cattle, refer to DAFWA's NLIS cattle and buffalo web page.

Consideration should also be given to pasture and crop recovery, as well as related water erosion and wind erosion issues.

For further information on disaster recovery refer to the DFES links on this page.

Farm assistance

Landholders do not have to face a disaster alone. 

There are many support networks and forms of assistance available to rural communities and individuals. WA's rural health, financial and information services support directory provides useful information on the nature of the services available and how to access them.

Further emergency and support contact details are available from the DFES links on this page.

Page last updated: Monday, 10 October 2016 - 12:58pm