During the wet season, Australia’s tropical north is exposed to cyclones, severe storms and strong winds, often with driving rain and many lightning strikes. Central Australia experiences its heaviest rainfall during the summer months and can be exposed to flooding, storms and strong winds.
While many of us are familiar with Northern Territory weather, poor preparation and complacency can pose a danger to you, your family and your property.
Be prepared and don’t wait for a severe weather warning until you act. There are some things only you can do to stay safe and ensure the continued supply of power and water services to your home.
For more information on what to do before, during and after a severe weather event, read our safety checklist. For up-to-date outage information, follow PowerWaterCorp on Facebook and Twitter or visit powerwater.com.au/bulletins.
It is important to familiarise yourself and your family with the following safety information. Being prepared and knowing how to act in the event of a cyclone, storm or flood will help keep you, your family and your property safe.
- Always assume downed powerlines are live and lethal. Your safety is our priority. Call triple zero – 000.
- Solar panels could still be live when power is out, stay safe. Call a professional to check them out.
- Falling branches damage powerlines causing power interruptions. Trim your trees, but if they’re near powerlines, call 1800 245 092 for advice.
- Generators belong outside where toxic fumes can disperse. Make sure a licensed electrician installs an isolating switch if plugging-in a generator at home.
- Power fluctuations can damage expensive electrical equipment. Shield it with surge protectors or unplug it from the wall.
- If you get tingles or shocks from a tap or appliance, stay safe. Call 1800 245 092 anytime, day or night.
- Water damage can lead to electrocution. Worried you have wet appliances? Stay away. Call a licensed electrician.
Water and wastewater
- Keep your Overflow Relief Gully (ORG) clean and clear. It’s better for sewage to overflow in your garden – not in your home.
- The sewerage system is for…sewage. Don’t let storm water flood the sewers and cause sewage backflows. Check downpipes are not draining into the ORG or sewer.
- Floodwaters conceal hidden dangers. Never swim in floodwaters and stay away from dangerous surging storm water drains.
- Stay clear of dams and wastewater treatment ponds as the water attracts dangerous animals.
- Sewer access covers, if damaged, can be a hazard to people and vehicles so please report them. Sewers contain toxic gases and should only be accessed by trained staff.
More safety, preparation and restoration information are available by going to the various pages on the navigation located on the left side of this page.