Climate change is real, making floods, fires, and severe storms omnipresent in Australia and around the world.
National climate records began in 1910. The New South Wales Government reports Australia's average temperature has increased on average by 1.44% ± 0.24 °C since 1910. Since 1950, every decade has been warmer than the decade before, with both day- and night-time temperatures increasing. Australia’s warmest year on record was 2019, with the temperature 1.52°C above average. Very high monthly maximum temperatures that occurred 2% of the time between 1960 and 1989, occurred 4% of the time between 1990 and 2004, and now occur 12% of the time (2005–2019). Meanwhile, our oceans have warmed by around 1°C since 1910.
So, what does this mean for you and how can you better prepare for extreme weather conditions?
The CSIRO reports that due to the declaration of El Niño, we are in for a hot and dry summer meaning high fire danger.
Here are some CSIRO recommended fire prevention tips to protect and prepare your home:
You can also access the CSIRO Bushfire Best Practice Guide to learn more. Remember to check your local Police or Fire Service warnings and guidance when fires are prevalent in your area.
The Western Australian Government Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) encourages all households to develop a flood plan. It doesn’t have to be raining in your area for a flood to impact you. You could be at risk even if you’ve never seen floodwaters near your home.
Your flood plan should address the following:
Check in with family, friends and neighbours to make sure they have a plan too. For more information, refer to the DFES Flood Smart Brochure. Follow local guidance from officials to keep safe.
Sudden warm weather can lead to plentiful airborne grass pollen. Thunderstorms can aggravate certain plants and cause pollen grains to burst into tiny pieces. These micro pollens can enter the lungs and trigger an asthma attack, even in people who have never experienced asthma before.
If a thunderstorm is coming to a town near you this summer, here are some recommendations to help you prevent the risk of thunderstorm asthma:
At Right at Home, your local home care provider, we understand seasonal risks. It is important that you work with us to adhere to local guidance from the authorities. Please call your local Right at Home office to discuss any concerns you may have. You can also request help with precautionary gardening, home protection, or relocating to an evacuation centre.
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