Cyclone season is designated from 1st November - 30th April, so the time to be aware and prepared is now. During cyclone events the Bureau of Meteorology and the DFES State Emergency Service (SES) issue various warnings via the media.

  • ‘Cyclone Watch’ announcements are issued through radio and television by the Bureau of Meteorology when there is a risk that a cyclone will produce gale force winds within 48 hours (but not within 24 hours).
  • ‘Cyclone Warning’ announcements will be issued through radio and television by the Bureau of Meteorology when gale force winds are possible in less than 24 hours. The announcements will rate the severity of a cyclone from Category One (weakest) to Category Five (strongest).
  • DFES SES will issue Community Alerts during the Cyclone Warning period.
  • There are four stages of the alerts BLUE, YELLOW, RED and ALL CLEAR WITH CAUTION.
  • Alerts are issued through radio and television and for City of Karratha via this website.
  • Alerts are displayed at the Karratha SES Volunteer Headquarters on Balmoral Road (Blue, Yellow, Red lights).
  • Alerts are displayed at the City of Karratha Offices on Balmoral Road (Blue, Yellow, Red flags).

TEACHERS: Explain this information to children and ask them to explain it to their parents, particularly where the parents may not read or understand English.