Flood and cyclone preparedness

Page last updated: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 12:18pm

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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 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 Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) 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: 


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.

DPIRD 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.