They are often accompanied by torrential rain strong winds, large hailstones and lightning. Storms can cause flash flooding, unroof buildings and damage trees and power lines.

SA SES volunteers removing a tree
SA SES volunteers removing a tree

Storm and flood damage in South Australia often has a higher average annual cost than bushfires.

You can be indirectly affected by storms even if your property is not actually damaged. If access roads are cut or you have no power or telephone, you need to know what to do – and where to turn for help.

Storms can also give rise to tornadoes. Penola, Karoonda, Renmark and Port Broughton have suffered significant damage as a result of destructive tornadoes hitting their towns.

Read the SA SES Storm Checklist, the SES Storm Brochure and the SES Storms Easy English Guide.


8 simple things you can do now to prepare for a storm

There are 8 things that you can do now to prepare your home and reduce the potential damage caused by severe storms.

  • secure or store items that could blow around in strong winds
  • clean your gutters, down pipes and drains regularly to prevent blockages
  • trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property
  • fix any damage to your roof, including broken or missing tiles
  • check your insurance policy is current and adequate
  • make an emergency plan for your family that outlines what you would do in an emergency
  • prepare an emergency kit with essential items
  • check local media for information, updates and advice.

During a severe storm

  • stay indoors and away from windows
  • never drive, ride or walk through floodwater
  • check local media for information, updates and advice.

Tree on house
Call 132 500 if you need our help during a storm


After the storm has passed

  • check your home and property for damage
  • keep clear of damaged buildings, power lines and trees
  • be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges
  • do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary
  • check on your neighbours when it is safe to do so.